Darren Aronofsky’s biblical blockbuster, Noah, is starting to take shape. The film, written and directed by Aronofsky and co-written by John Logan, was announced last year with the intention of having Christian Bale in the lead role of Noah. Since that announcement back in October, things have changed and in some very interesting casting news, Russell Crowe has signed on to play Noah. This should make for a very exciting role for Crowe, and personally I can’t wait to see what he brings to the character.
Fans have been eagerly waiting for any news on the project, and today we have two bits of news, both very exciting. The first is the planned release date, and even though it is quite some time to wait, at least we have a date to look forward to. It was announced yesterday that Noah is due for release on 28th March 2014, so we have two years to wait.
I am really looking forward to seeing what Aronofsky does with this story of Noah and his Ark, and there is no doubt that the film will have an edge, and certainly an intensity like Aronofsky brings to all his films. This could well be the surprise hit of 2014, and with a legion of new fans after the impressive Black Swan, Aronofsky is sure to create something utterly special and totally unique for his followers.
“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey,” Aronofsky said recently about the project. “The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”
In further news, it has been said that the lovely Jennifer Connelly is in final negotiations to star in the film as Noah’s wife Naameh. Should this prove successful, it would mark the first collaboration of Connelly and Crowe since 2001’s A Beautiful Mind. I hope Connelly gets the role, it would be great seeing her up on the big screen again, and it would be her first collaboration with Aronofsky since 2000’s awesome Requiem for a Dream.
Aronofsky is looking for an edgier tone for his take on the Noah story, saying the film is about “a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants, but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet.” He also says he plans to explore Noah’s alcoholism, so with that in mind, and that last statement, I see Noah turning out one hell of a ride that is probably destined to not exactly be all that family friendly!
More on this as it develops.
By Matt Wavish