Darren Aronofsky has officially locked up his leading man for his Biblical epic Noah after a lengthy search that saw the Black Swan director court Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender among others. Paramount Pictures has announced that Russell Crowe has signed on to play the titular character in this adaptation of Noah’s Ark story.
In the book of Genesis, God wants to punish mankind for its wickedness but chooses one man, Noah to build an ark and preserve his creation. When Noah completes the ark and is safe and sound on board along with his family and the world’s animals, God sends the Great Flood that wipes out the rest of humanity.
“I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day,” Aronofsky said in a statement.
This is great news since I’m a big fan of the Russ and his teaming-up with Aronofsky is supremely exciting. The news isn’t all that surprising given that rumors of his involvement were leaked out several weeks ago but it’s nice to get an official confirmation.
Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the screenplay with John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo) coming in for a rewrite. Production is set to begin this July in New York and Iceland for a release date on March 28th, 2014.
Crowe was recently seen shooting the film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables in the UK. The actor plays the sinister Inspector Javert opposite Hugh Jackman’s Jean Valjean. He is also reportedly set for roles in Winter’s Tale and Broken City.
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