Russell Crowe to Officially Play Noah for Director Darren Aronofsky
04.23.12 by Ryan
There was a time when director Darren Aronofsky was going to helm the sequel/spin-off The Wolverine as his follow-up to his award-winning Black Swan. Instead, Aronofsky will take the director's chair for his passion project, the Biblical epic Noah, with the lead actor he has sought since February. Aronofsky announced the casting news in a fawning (even for Hollywood) press release.
I'd like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team's work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. 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.
Written by Aronofsky, Ari Handel, and Academy Award–nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo), Noah will follow Crowe as he attempts to save creation from an impending flood in what is reportedly a faithful adaptation of the Biblical story that Aronofsky has described as "a big event film." Production is set to start in July in Iceland and New York, with most of the shooting likely taking place in the latter. Aronofsky dropped out of The Wolverine to avoid spending a prolonged period away from his family for the overseas shoot. Noah is scheduled for release on March 28, 2014.
Crowe can be seen in two movies next year, starting with January's Broken City and followed by June's Man of Steel. Later this year, Crowe will appear as Inspector Javert in The King's Speech director Tom Hooper's musical version of Les Miserables, opposite The Wolverine's Hugh Jackman.