Nick Nolte Joins NOAH As 'The Watcher Samyaza'

Director Darren Aronofsky has just announced via Twitter that he has cast Nick Nolte as the Watcher Samyaza in his biblical epic. There's also a pic which appears to give us a glimpse of Samyaza, who looks to be a relative of the Rock Biter from The Neverending Story.

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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 Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel and revised by Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter John Logan (GLADIATOR, HUGO). Scott Franklin and Aronofsky of Protozoa Pictures, along with Mary Parent of Disruption Entertainment, will produce the film. The film will be executive produced by Ari Handel (BLACK SWAN), Arnon Milchan of New Regency and Chris Brigham (INCEPTION, ARGO).


Noah is directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and Anthony Hopkins. It hits theaters March 28th, 2014.
Source: Twitter
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DrDoom - 1/14/2014, 5:59 AM
Wtf

I thought this movie was done filming lol
RorMachine - 1/14/2014, 6:02 AM
It'll just be his voice added in post.
Tuuralihn - 1/14/2014, 6:13 AM
Nick Nolte.. as an ANGEL.. there is a joke there, and I will find it.
Desrow - 1/14/2014, 6:14 AM
Nick Nolte looks like Josh Brolin's dad on that picture.
SuperCat - 1/14/2014, 6:18 AM
TheAmarilloBlack - 1/14/2014, 6:42 AM
Nephilim confirmed! Now we got a Noah movie! There better be some taking of the daughters of men and defiling of the animals!
wcwpoet - 1/14/2014, 6:44 AM
I may be rusty on my bible but I don't recall a Watcher Samyaza, or a giant rock monster.
chewish - 1/14/2014, 6:56 AM
I may be rusty on my Bible, but I don't recall Nick Nolte
MarkV - 1/14/2014, 7:04 AM
Troubled production.
Wingding - 1/14/2014, 7:05 AM
Uh, yeah there were definitely no rock creatures mentioned in Genesis...Haha. The nephilim were angels who had sex with humans...How does that produce a rock monster?
JeZusFrk - 1/14/2014, 7:12 AM
Angels werent just indeties with wings and robes.....In the bibles there are many different types of Angels Remember this movies was inspired by the comic book version mote than the bible.
myHero - 1/14/2014, 7:21 AM
Semyaza was mentioned in the book of Enoch, which is not a part of the Bible, but was a part of all the Biblical texts discovered in Qumran with the Dead Sea Scrolls.
RorMachine - 1/14/2014, 7:32 AM
I thought the nephilim were the giant offspring of the angels and mortal women?..in which case I'd say that's what we're looking at in the pic.
Jollem - 1/14/2014, 7:34 AM
fettastic - 1/14/2014, 7:41 AM
So the movie opens in 2 months.....and he's still casting?
JorL5150 - 1/14/2014, 7:56 AM
@gusto
That was my favorite Sunday school lesson
KIDDSOUL - 1/14/2014, 8:03 AM
@myHero: I was just about to write that, thanks. The book of Enoch might just be a part of the bible just as any other book discovered in Qumran. I think Samyaza is one of the fallen angels.

QuestiontheAnswer - 1/14/2014, 8:21 AM
Lemmy should be Lobo lol.
Franshu - 1/14/2014, 8:21 AM
THE Watcher? UAT... Ah, no. Meh.
DoctorDoak - 1/14/2014, 8:22 AM
Since Samyaza is a nephilim, I doubt Nolte will actually be playing him, and the character will likely be CGI. The late casting is probably due to it being a voiceover job.
rabid - 1/14/2014, 8:34 AM
Yes! Ok. I feel much better about seeing this now. I was afraid the studio was going to prune all the weird goodness out of the graphic novel.
DrunkenPirateNukem - 1/14/2014, 8:37 AM
I will download for free this shit

Never readed that book called the bible

johnblake - 1/14/2014, 8:54 AM
I just can't get over how white washed this movie is. In a story created by people of the Middle East not a single person is brown. I am disappoint. At least in passion of the Christ they were tan.
aRandomSinisterClone - 1/14/2014, 9:07 AM
@ johnblake, well its full of white people because they financed the movie, wrote it, shot it, and did everything else. stop crying about race. if "brown" people need to be in more movies, tell em to make their own shit.
davidcub - 1/14/2014, 9:11 AM
What difference does it make johnblake? Didn't we just have a huge discussion about it being okay to change races in fictional stories?
Arrowhead77 - 1/14/2014, 9:16 AM
This movie is going to be wierd I think....Also, the Nephilim were a race of Giants in Genesis I think, not Angels. But no one knows for sure.
IUsedToBeThecase - 1/14/2014, 9:19 AM
LoL ^fictional stories.
Arrowhead77 - 1/14/2014, 9:23 AM
They were possibly the offspring of The sons of God and the daughters of Men. Some think the sons of God are either Angels, or a Holy line of offspring from Adam and Eve. Man, that year of Bible School paid off.

Also, Winnemucca Nevada has giant skeletons in thier county Museum that were excavated near there. 10 to 12 feet tall. FYI
dougieisrollingthejays - 1/14/2014, 9:29 AM
this film is going to be nonbiblical. Probably won't be interesting either,.
SuperCat - 1/14/2014, 9:36 AM
^^ Lol!! Just wrong!
AlexDeLarge87 - 1/14/2014, 9:46 AM
Nolte is the man!:)
JorL5150 - 1/14/2014, 9:57 AM
Nolte is looking like joe cocker !

People should chill about the ethnicity- ONE OF the purposes of the Noah story is to "explain" the different ethnicities.
Most of the ancient cultures had a version of the flood story (likely an echo of ice age meltdowns) and the Hebrew/bible version is closest to the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh
So if in the story Noah is a direct descendant of the first man Adam- why isn't everyone the same ethnicity ?
To "explain" it Noah's sons becAme the ancestors of distinct ethnic groups.
"Shem" was the father of Semites and so on.

Aranofskys film is the furthest thing from a whitewash. Bible movies almost always avoid the unsavory or ribald parts of the bible and I can't recall the watchers or nephlehim ever being depicted in a movie.

Also "nephelim" is usually translated "giant " but that's an oversimplification - it means "mighty/valiant" "Jedi (not kidding)" or "powerful".
JorL5150 - 1/14/2014, 10:08 AM
George Lucas was a student of Joseph Campbell and studied mythic archetypes and evolution of stories from one culture to the next

"Jedi" and "anakin" were words to describe the angel human hybrids
JorL5150 - 1/14/2014, 10:19 AM
Why gusto is
Lem1 - 1/14/2014, 10:28 AM
@JorL5150
Dudebro, I'm something of a Biblical/ancient Hebrew scholar and 'Nephilim' is the causative form (hiph'il) of a verb 'naphal' meaning 'fellers' i.e. 'those who cause others to fall'. The Greek-speaking Jews of c.300 BCE understood the Nephilim to be larger than yer avergage human and so rendered the word 'giants' (in Gk), even though technically 'nephilim' has absolutely no such connotation. It's like when the Gospels say 'Rabbi' means 'teacher' because that's what they called teachers, even though the word more literally means 'my excellency' or 'my great one'.
The film is 'whitewashed' as usual- in my opinion at least; this is a story that originates in Mesopotamia. It wouldn't have been hard for Aronofski to figure out how early Mesopotamians dressed and looked (Middle Eastern), but in light of Noah's wearing trousers an' all, I really don't think Darren's going for anything resembling authenticity, just a look for a story he wants to depict in his own artistic way. -And he's not claiming authenticy for his film as far as I know, so I'm only so bothered. George Lucas as a 'professor of mythology and religion' as he has been graciously called, only cares so much for authenticity before unleashing his artistic fancies to the fore in his Indiana Jones films, for example, but they were still great films.
leftcoastpunk - 1/14/2014, 10:44 AM
@ gusto- i thought your favorite part of the bible was when jesus finally paid you that dollar moses owed you d;-)
leftcoastpunk - 1/14/2014, 10:46 AM
@arrowhead77- dig your avi! great minds bro, great minds...
JorL5150 - 1/14/2014, 10:54 AM
@Lem1

I appeciate what your saying- I was trying to keep it simple - I used to be in the ministry and learned a lot of this stuff ages ago.
The reference to George Lucas was just a fun factoid as I bet a lot of Star Wars fans never knew where the words Jedi or anakin came from

So I get what your saying

The bible has 2 versions of the story (very similar but with subtle important differences that reflected the evolving Hebrew culture) and it is derivative of earlier versions from Sumer and so forth.
The cosmetics of russel crowes clothes are to me what's important- it's an iteration of what the people of he Old Testament believed- that Noah as their ancestor and that fallen angels were causing mayhem with supernatural events and creatures. Most - all but a few - bible movies wouldn't even touch the stuff, it would just be charming montages of cute animals being gathered to the ark and a smiling mrs Noah packing up food.
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