I don’t care if you are Noah, or if you built an Arc, or if you have a whole Bible story dedicated to you, if Ray Winstone is playing your nemesis, then you are in deep deep shit may friend!
Yes, in some more casting news for Darren Aronofsky’s (The Wrestler, Requiem For A Dream, Black Swan) upcoming biblical epic Noah, it has been announced that the director has offered Britain’s favourite ‘geeza’, Ray Winstone, the role of Noah’s nemesis. Not only does this mean Winstone gets to take on Noah himself, but of all the actors to be playing Noah, it is Russell Crowe who Winstone will also be going toe to toe against! Now that is a fight I would pay to see, dammit! Crowe is well known for his violent outbursts, and even though I do love him as an actor, he will have met his match in our Mr Winstone, Crowe won’t know what hit him!!
Joking aside, this is a great role for Winstone to play, should he accept, and what with Crowe playing Noah, Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman playing his Sons, Emma Watson playing Booth’s love interest, Saoirse Ronan rumoured and either Jennifer Connelly or Julianne Moore both in discussions to play Noah’s wife, the cast is looking exceptional.
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!
“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.”
Noah is expected to arrive in cinemas 28th March 2014.
By Matt Wavish