Noah is an upcoming 2014 religious epic film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and John Logan. Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone, the film is set to be released in theaters on March 28, 2014.
Subject to divine visions foretelling the end of the world, Noah attempts to tell his people to cease their mistreatment of the earth in order to be saved. No one listens to his warnings, and Noah and his family are cast out to fend for themselves in the wilderness. Noah approaches a race of giant six-armed angels known as "Watchers" to rally them to his cause.
- Russell Crowe as Noah
- Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, Noah's wife
- Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah, Noah's grandfather
- Logan Lerman as Ham, Noah's son
- Douglas Booth as Shem, Noah's son
- Emma Watson as Ila, Noah's adopted daughter
- Leo McHugh Carroll as Japheth, Noah's youngest son
- Kevin Durand as a Og, a giant six-armed angel who helps Noah and his family
- Dakota Goyo as young Noah
- Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah's nemesis
- Marton Csokas
- Madison Davenport as Na'el, the wife of Ham
- Mark Margolis as Samyaza, a fallen angel
- Gavin Casalegno as young Shem
- Skylar Burke as young Ila
- Finn Wittrock as young Tubal Cain
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Cain
- Nolan Gross as young Ham
- Adam Griffith as Adam
- Arnar Dan as Abel
Aronofsky first discussed Noah with The Guardian in April 2007, telling the paper that the figure of Noah had fascinated him since he was thirteen years old. Aronofsky explained that he saw Noah as "a dark, complicated character" who experiences "real survivor's guilt" after surviving the flood. Aronofsky was working on early drafts of the script for Noah around the time his first attempt to make The Fountain into a feature film fell through after Brad Pitt left the project.
Ari Handel – Aronofsky's collaborator on The Fountain, The Wrestler and Black Swan – helped Aronofsky develop the script. Before they found financial backing for Noah, they collaborated with Canadian artist Niko Henrichon to adapt the script into a graphic novel. The first volume of the graphic novel was released in the French language by Belgian publisher Le Lombard in October 2011 under the title Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes (Noah: For the Cruelty of Men). After the creation of the graphic novel, Aronofsky struck a deal with Paramount and New Regency to produce a feature film of Noah with a budget of $130 million. Screenwriter John Logan was called in to re-draft the script alongside Aronofsky.
Aronofsky had previously offered the role of Noah to Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, both of whom declined.
Dakota Fanning was originally cast as the role of Ila, but departed due to a scheduling conflict.
Julianne Moore was also considered for the role of Naameh.
Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were also considered for the part of Tubal-cain, but Aronofsky reportedly wanted an actor "with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Crowe's Noah character".
Principal photography began in July 2012, in Dyrhólaey, Fossvogur, Reynisfjara and other locations in Southern Iceland.
Filming also took place in New York. A set representing Noah's Ark was built at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Upper Brookville, New York. In September 2012, while on break from a location on Long Island, Russell Crowe and a friend, who had been kayaking for several hours, were rescued by the Coast Guard near Cold Spring Harbor.
The film's release date has been set as March 28, 2014.
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