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As we reported a few months ago, acclaimed director Darren Aronofsky has big plans for his next project...like Biblically big. The director of 'Requiem for a Dream,' 'The Fountain,' and 'Black Swan' is going full Old Testament for 'Noah.' As one would assume from its title, and the two Bible jokes we've already made, 'Noah' tells the story of the ark-building, animal-duo-herding hero from the book of Genesis. Now it seems he has his sights set on Russell Crowe for the title role. As if that weren't enough, Aronofsky is also looking at casting Liam Neeson for an as yet undisclosed secondary role. The choice to cast Crowe is fitting considering that the script from which Aronofsky is working was rewritten by John Logan who was also one of the writers on 'Gladiator.' As of right now, no official deal is on the table.
Russell Crowe as Noah? I mean, I guess it would make sense to cast someone gruff and burly since they guy has to build a freaking boat big enough to hold two of every type of animal, right? Ok, I know that's a bit of a stretch, but it's just not clear to me on which side of the fence I should land on this. On the one hand, I do think Crowe is a talented actor. Yet the idea of him playing Noah is difficult for me to wrap my head around, possibly because there aren't a lot of exemplars for the role to compare him against. Aronofsky is a great director so one would hope he is eying Crowe because he legitimately sees something in him that would make him perfect for the part, and not because Paramount is influencing his casting decisions. I'm not sure I remember my Sunday School lessons enough to speculate on who Liam Neeson might be playing, but if I had to guess I'd say he'll be the Ark's chief wolf wrangler. In any event, it'll be interesting to see if Aronofsky's 'Noah' hits theaters at the same time as Spielberg's 'Moses;' an Old Testament showdown at the box office!
What do you guys think? Is Russell Crowe right for the role of Noah?