All aboard! Russell Crowe will be saving the animal kingdom in a newly announced film adaptation of the famous bible story Noah.
Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions jointly announced today that Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe has been cast as Noah in the feature film of the same name to be directed by Academy Award-nominated Darren Aronofsky’s (Black Swan, The Wrestler).
Unless you had a literacy deprived childhood, you’ll know of Noah’s Arc. It’s widely used even in non-religious circles: Noah knows a big flood is coming… no-one believes him… he builds the world’s biggest ship and takes two of every kind of animal to save creation… remember it now?
Rough and ready Russell Crowe is an interesting choice for Noah, though perhaps more interesting are his own religious affiliations. Self-professed as being “inquisitive about religion”, Crowe attended church on his own as a child, mixing it up with visits to Catholic, Presbyterian and Anglican churches. He even visited temples, looked into Scientology and the world’s youngest independent faith; The Bahá’í Faith.
Despite his somewhat fickle spirituality, Aronofsky is confident he is the right man for the job: “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.” That is one serious man-crush!
Noah is scheduled for US release March 28 2014