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Thanks to Real Steel, we know that Dakota Goyo knows how to dance with a robot, but how is he at playing biblical characters? It looks like we're going to find out as he's joining the already solid looking cast of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, playing a younger version of Russell Crowe's character in the film.
According to Variety, Dakota Goyo has been cast to play the part of the younger version of Noah (Crowe) in Aronofsky's planned take on the classic Old Testament story. Among his recent credits, Goyo played Hugh Jackson's son in the robot boxing movie Real Steel, and coming this fall, we'll hear his voice in the DreamWorks Animation film Rise of the Guardians. For Noah, the Canadian actor joins Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Barry Sloane in the film.
Goyo's casting suggests that we'll be seeing at least some part of Noah's earlier years, before he goes on to build an ark on God's orders in anticipation of an oncoming, world-wrecking flood. To look at Goyo, he certainly seems passable as a young Russell Crowe. It's also worth noting that this isn't his first "young" role. He played the part of Young Thor in Thor.
Just last week, we got our first look at the ark-in-progress for the movie. Something tells me Noah didn't have a crane when he built his, but it's good to see things chugging along for what is likely to be a key piece of the set of the movie.