There is no doubt in my mind that the wonderful Sir Anthony Hopkins is up there with the very best that Great Britain has offered the world of cinema. The man is a living legend, and I will happily watch anything this truly mesmerising actor adds his name to. However, with director Darren Aronofsky’s Noah already getting me ever so excited, the inclusion of Hopkins only heightens my excitement for what is set to be a truly amazing film.
Director Darren Aronofsky confirmed today through his Twitter account that Hopkins would be joining the already terrific cast of Russell Crowe as Noah, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Nolan Gross. Hopkins has signed on the play Methuselah, Noah’s Granfather who lived to the age of 969 and is known for being the longest-lived person named in the Bible. Methuselah died seven days before the Great Flood which made Noah build his Ark.
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.
NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood. The screenplay was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO).
By Matt Wavish