Russell Crowe Confirmed For NOAH; Synopsis Released

We knew it was pretty much a done deal anyway, but now it's official. Check out the press release from Paramount, which also offers up a brief synopsis and some quotes from Darren Aronofsky..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 4/22/2012
It has now been confirmed that Russell Crowe will play Biblical boat builder Noah in Darren Aronofsky's film of the same name. Here is the press release from Paramount Pictures..



HOLLYWOOD, CA (April 22, 2012) – Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah in Academy Award®-nominated director Darren Aronofsky’s feature film of the same name. Paramount will release the film on March 28, 2014.

Said Aronofsky, “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.”

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).

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).


Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connolly have also been rumored to be up for roles, but as nothing is mentioned about them here I guess we'll have to wait and see if that's confirmed/debunked. Noah is expected to start shooting thsi Summer in New York and Iceland.









Source: Paramount Pictures
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The14thAvenger - 4/22/2012, 4:06 PM
why not, seems promising. wasn't bale up for the role originally? i think i may have preferred that, though i have nothing against crowe and shall follow this films progression
pro346 - 4/22/2012, 4:21 PM
Can we have a romper stomper sequel...
EditNinja - 4/22/2012, 4:22 PM
I wonder if the church will push for the tagline:
'Based on a true story'
bleedthefreak - 4/22/2012, 4:23 PM
I am glad its Crowe. I like Bale, but something made me think he just wasn't as good for the role. I hope they snag a good supporting cast.
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/22/2012, 4:24 PM
The14thAvenger@ Yes he was

Im looking forward to see this movie. I bet its going to be... if not entertaining at least very interesting take of Noah.
Sparrowsabre7 - 4/22/2012, 4:24 PM
Not sure how this will be turned into an interesting movie... "Passion" made sense because it's an interesting story with multiple elements, but the story of the ark is "everyone bad but Noah,Noah builds boat, Noah gets animals, everybody else drowns, the end" I just don't really see much opportunity to expand it meaningfully unless they turn the animal fetching part into a quest of Poképroportions.
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/22/2012, 4:29 PM
About Crowe as Noah... im sure he is going to pull it off but i dont know... i kinda would have liked to see someone like Guy Pearce or Brad Pitt in the role.
Definitely Pearce would have been great!:)
bleedthefreak - 4/22/2012, 4:33 PM
hhhhhmmmm....Guy Pearce would be pretty awesome. Shame I don't think he was even considered :(
nowtheresaBATman - 4/22/2012, 4:34 PM
The Bible? what? I thought the Ark story was a Grimm brothers tale....guess I shouldn't of got expelled from Sunday school ha
AlexDeLarge87 - 4/22/2012, 4:38 PM
bleed@ true :(
Hulk2008 - 4/22/2012, 4:42 PM
Liam Neeson would have been great as Noah (He was awesome as Zeus in Clash & Wrath)

thetrojan - 4/22/2012, 4:46 PM
it will sink!
Dev7 - 4/22/2012, 4:55 PM
There are may theories about Noah's Ark. I wonder if they'll go the route of Aliens descending upon Noah and telling him he needs to build an ark from the flood that they will create.
boomshuka - 4/22/2012, 5:04 PM
I could see Liam playing the role of God in this one. Or etleast being the voice of god.
Greengo - 4/22/2012, 5:11 PM
I believe there will be a resurgance in Biblical epics

As grif would say: bring it!
LAXtremest - 4/22/2012, 6:58 PM
Just imagine what Michael Bay could do with this...
superbatspiderman - 4/22/2012, 7:01 PM
Hollywood better not screw this up. I am not sure on Russel Crowe though but he might surprise me.
Ghostt - 4/22/2012, 7:55 PM
@patrickbateman

Joe Rogan summed up my concerns with this movie. There are some holes in the Noah story that can become gaping on the big screen.

There are over 4000 species of mammals alone to pile on the boat. Can't wait to see what Darrenofsky can do with this.
ScabbyJ - 4/22/2012, 7:58 PM
Not feeling the good vibes coming from this. It would definitely have to be a holiday release to make money.
IronAmerica13 - 4/22/2012, 8:52 PM
@Just1Superguy i really am sorry u feel that way
Gunjin - 4/22/2012, 9:51 PM
@Ghostt
The Bible actually says two of every "kind" of animal. That is not species, but for example "cat kind", "dog kind". Figuring the huge proportions of the ark, the fact that the animals didn't have to be full-grown adults, and the kind thing, it's more plausible than you might think.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/23/2012, 12:09 AM
@Gunjin

No, it's not plausible on any level. I'm not going to get into a is God real debate, but the ark is not plausible. Right now there are over 5 million different species of animals on the planet. Depending on some journals that number ranges from 3-30 million. Now, that is only 1-2% of all the species that have ever lived on this planet.

Now let's assume that the arc was half the size of Australia, did he invent the first refrigerated storage area that could house the arctic animals? What about keeping all the different types of predators away from the prey? Where did he house the 50,000 different species of birds that were said to live around that time? Then let's assume the world did flood and he rescued all the animals with his boat that is half the size of Australia, you mean to tell me that every animals population just magically increased?

Look it should be a fine movie, but let's be real. This isn't a movie based off a true story. The Bible is meant to be used as a guide line for life, not the be all end all, and take at its very word. If that was the case all those who worked on the Sabbath would be put to death.
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/23/2012, 12:11 AM
Even if he rescued a handful from each family, there is no way the amount of species that are around today would have evolved from those saved on the ark. I understand having faith, but believing this story is akin to believing in Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny.
dirtygymsocks - 4/23/2012, 1:31 AM
Agreed SuspenseSmith
Gunjin - 4/23/2012, 3:25 AM
@RidiculousFanBoyDemands Again, kind does not mean species. Kind is the umbrella under which we put species. Animals and people have vast amounts of genetic information. The resulting combinations of varying genetics in offspring easily produces the myriad of species we have today. Scoff at the plausibility of Noah's flood if you want, but try not to do so from ignorance.
Hulk2008 - 4/23/2012, 4:46 AM
@ Dev7-

there may be many theories but there is only one true fact and it is from the Bible in the book of Genesis:

Genesis 6:13 & 14 says "So God said to Noah, "I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth! Build an ark of gopher wood; Make room in the ark, and pitch it within and without with pitch."
DukeAcureds - 4/23/2012, 7:38 AM
There's a big difeerence between a folk tale and a fairy tale. I know it's religious and as such confronational to our view of the world, but lets be fair. It's a folk tale, not a fairy tale. Fairy tales are blatently made up, folk tales have more credence to them. A religion wouldn't be a religion if it was admittedly made-up. Except for Hinduism. But then, that's what's cool about Hinduism.
I'm just hoping Aronofsky puts flying ships and hoverboards in this pre-flood epic. Because why not?
thanos83 - 4/23/2012, 7:38 AM
Some of u guys are so full of yourselves(I.E."SHIT") its pathetic

you mock the bible, because you interpret the storys at face value,when the true meanings of those tales are meant to be observed fro a allegorical stand point(most of them anyways,and even that's iffy due to multiple translations over the century's.Most of the chronicled events of the oldtestement stuff was condensed and re interpreted from Sumerian,Egyptian middle-eastern "HISTORY".

besides if the legends around the world are to be believed,(and there's proof by the way,if your not lazy and endevour to look for it), technology was far..far more advanced than what it is we have now,who knows how far we would be if the planet hadn't suffered terrible cataclysm that took us back to the stone ages,read something besides a comic for a change guys,i lov ya but some of you are reaching pretty hard to discredit something in witch you have not the slightest knowledge/understanding in
DukeAcureds - 4/23/2012, 7:46 AM
See, I'll bet @thanos'll back me up on the flying car shit. And he remade the whole universe in his image, once upon a time. With a magic glove.
thanos83 - 4/23/2012, 7:50 AM
By the way..im not religious but very learnind inviviual that hates seeing the worlds sense of wonder and imagination dry up,who knows what if the ark was a giant space ship,and it held the blood samples of every creature on earth...just a thought..

maybe the translators of the king james bible just couldn't wrap there heads around what they were translating,witch of course was a translation of a translation, they just didn't have the correct frame of reference to do so(example:clones cloned from clones can never be as strong genetically as the original source from witch the clones were cloned from.
sinchsw - 4/23/2012, 7:55 AM
thanos83 - read more.
thanos83 - 4/23/2012, 7:57 AM
@DukeAcureds From information thats publicly available, anti-gravity craft were common place back then.Indian/hindu literature is full of accounts of airships,beam weapons even how the craft functioned/built
DukeAcureds - 4/23/2012, 7:57 AM
@thanos83 - Totally! God made Eve from Adam's rib? While he was asleep? Cloning process.
thanos83 - 4/23/2012, 8:20 AM
i think the power the GODS(E.T.s)wielded in thoses days was beyond cloning my friend, they truly knew the science of creating life,cloning is a bastardization of that process i believe at least.Read sitchen and historians of that type,you will be amazed.The accounts from summer alone read like some of the greatest science fiction never witnessed,Kubrick would be jealous lol the greatest scif we have is inspired from this stuff,Alien Avatar,star trek, hopefully Prometheus, starwars especially.
DukeAcureds - 4/23/2012, 8:57 AM
I'll check out the sitch-rep on sitchen, duder. Prometheus gonna be a mutha[frick]ka.
McGribble - 4/23/2012, 10:19 AM
The issue I find with atheists is that they seek out ways to disparage and mock those with faith. Most did not click on the link to comment on Crowe and his acting, or how good it would or would not be, but rather to shoot down the idea of making a movie based on a biblical story. Regardless of how much it is based in fact, it is a story that has been told for thousands of years.

Ironically the majority of the mocking is done by those who talk a big game about accepting others for who they are. I find the hypocrisy humorous...

But more on topic, I think this movie could be fun. Current effects could definitely do the story justice.
headlopper - 4/23/2012, 12:05 PM
@RidiculousFanBoyDemands- That's an incredibly good point.
Although in God's defense, he did create animal's in the first place, so it's not beyond belief that he added a few 100,000 or so species after the flood receded.
As you said, "fairy tales stuff" without proof. That's what faith's all about.


RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 4/23/2012, 12:13 PM
@headlooper

If you can believe I guess that is a theory. However, it is never stated in the bible that he re populated the earth with animals. I'm just debating the validity of the story. If you want to believe that a 4 foot tall man built an arc that was able to house two of EACH animal power to you. You have more faith than I, in regards to that.

headlopper - 4/23/2012, 12:33 PM
@RidiculousFanBoyDemands- I know. I thought about that too, to your credit. There were no lumber yards. No hard wear stores for tools,nail etc. Each piece of wood had to be processed from a felled tree. The tree had to be cut down...and it was bronze age at best then,yes?
Hauling planks that may have weighed tons by a single man 40-50 yards high ... plus all the decking and support ribbing is beyond belief. It's just not even remotely possible, even today with just hand tools. Cutting one tree down about 12'' in circumference is exhausting. He'd need hundreds of trees!
And to collect who knows how many tons of food for the animals, which could alone had taken years (waiting for the next harvest season).
Just unbelievable.
Faith is all I got, cuz' this just ain't physically possible.

Gunjin - 4/23/2012, 5:29 PM
Oh boys... So Noah's family who came with him on the Ark (three men and their wives), in your educated opinions, just sat and watched while he single-handedly built the ark? And does the fact that it took Noah 120 years to build the ark figure into your conclusion? You're operating under the common and arrogant assumption that our generation is the smart one, and all the previous ages of men and women were all dumb-dumbs with no "lumber yard" or "Ace Hardware". If you allow the actual possibility that God exists, and especially if He is as the Bible describes Him as, its really not hard for an all-powerful and omniscient being to make sure a boat is built up to specs.

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