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Christian Bale passes on 'Noah'; Fassbender in?

Christian Bale has passed on Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," and the filmmaker is now targeting Michael Fassbender for the title role in Paramount and New Regency's biblical epic.

While Fassbender has not yet received an official offer, sources tell Variety that he has discussed the part with Aronofsky. Fassbender finds himself available now that WB's "Londongrad" has stalled following the departure of helmer Rupert Wyatt, whom Fassbender was keen to work with. . . .

Variety, November 30


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Russell Crowe?

It should be noted that the above "news" is very preliminary and may not ultimately lead to a deal, though it's certainly an intriguing prospect.

The story also says Liam Neeson is being considered for a role.


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Crowe and Aronofsky are now in negotiations.


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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The casting of Russell Crowe in the title role was made official yesterday, and today Grace Hill Media sent out its own version of the press release announcing Crowe's casting... so it looks like this film will be getting the same push for "Passion dollars" that Evan Almighty and other religiously-themed films have had over the last few years. Could be interesting, if this film turns out to be anything like Aronofsky's previous films, all of which were decidedly R-rated (except for Requiem for a Dream, which was NC-17 before it was released "unrated"). (Oh, wait, The Fountain was released PG-13... but it WAS originally rated R before it was re-edited for the lower rating.)


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The casting of Russell Crowe in the title role was made official yesterday, and today Grace Hill Media sent out its own version of the press release announcing Crowe's casting... so it looks like this film will be getting the same push for "Passion dollars" that Evan Almighty and other religiously-themed films have had over the last few years. Could be interesting, if this film turns out to be anything like Aronofsky's previous films, all of which were decidedly R-rated (except for Requiem for a Dream, which was NC-17 before it was released "unrated"). (Oh, wait, The Fountain was released PG-13... but it WAS originally rated R before it was re-edited for the lower rating.)

Grace Hill promotes films that are in production? I figured they waited to see a final product before deciding whether it was worth highlighting for Christian audiences.


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The Hollywood Reporter mentions in passing that the film's cast will include Jennifer Connelly (who co-starred with Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind and worked with Darren Aronofsky on Requiem for a Dream) and Saoirse Ronan.


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Douglas Booth And Logan Lerman Board Boat For ‘Noah’

EXCLUSIVE: Darren Aronofsky is casting up the main roles for Noah, the Biblical epic that stars Russell Crowe. I’m told Aronofsky has set Douglas Booth to play Noah’s son Shem. Noah’s older son, Ham, will be played by Logan Lerman. Still to be cast is Noah’s wife — word is that Jennifer Connelly is among the actresses in the mix for that role (she starred with Crowe in A Beautiful Mind) — as well as Noah’s nemesis in the film. Early on there were whispers that Liam Neeson might play that role, but that’s not happening. There is also a great role for a young actress, the love interest for Noah’s oldest son. . . .

Deadline.com, June 4

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Love interest, not wife? Interesting... And are we to infer that the "oldest" son is neither Shem nor Ham? In that case, it would be Japheth... which would be interesting, since Stephen Schwartz's musical Children of Eden included a subplot in which Japheth sneaks his girlfriend Yonah onto the Ark, despite the fact that she is a descendant of Cain and is therefore cursed by God. (However, in Children of Eden, Japheth was the *youngest* son, not the oldest.)


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You do not remember his Nemesis?! How could you forget the guy who burns down the first ark so Noah must start all over? Pyroah?


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FWIW, in the Jon Voight mini-series produced around the turn of the millennium, Noah and his ark had to deal with pirates. What made things even crazier is that the leader of the pirates was Lot, as in "survivor of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah" Lot (and yes, the mini-series actually *began* with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah).


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FWIW, in the Jon Voight mini-series produced around the turn of the millennium, Noah and his ark had to deal with pirates. What made things even crazier is that the leader of the pirates was Lot, as in "survivor of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah" Lot (and yes, the mini-series actually *began* with the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah).

It was a time travel movie?


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Tyler wrote:

: It was a time travel movie?

Not quite. To quote my review:

Floods, volcanoes, meteors, tornadoes, shipwrecks–
Noah’s Ark
has it all. The film also begins with a glaring anachronism. In Genesis, the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah are not destroyed until hundreds of years after Noah’s lifetime. But in Halmi’s version, scripted by Peter Barnes, Noah (Jon Voight) is a native Sodomite, albeit a righteous one, who flees the town shortly before its destruction; his best friend Lot (F. Murray Abraham) also escapes, even though he is decidedly
not
righteous.
. . .

Indeed, this just may be the first post-modern biblical epic: shortly after their escape from Sodom, Noah tells his wife Naamah (Mary Steenburgen) that they should get a scribe to write their story down. Naamah balks at the idea. "Scribbling scribes have a very bad reputation," she says. "They change things. By the time they’ve finished the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, they’ll probably say we weren’t even there." . . .
Edited by Peter T Chattaway

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Emma Watson In Talks To Board Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical Epic ‘Noah’

EXCLUSIVE: Emma Watson is in talks to join Darren Aronofsky’s cast of Noah, which stars Russell Crowe as the Biblical ark builder. Watson is in discussions to play Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. . . .

Deadline.com, June 7

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Interestingly, a quick Google for "ila" and "noah" turned up this Wikipedia page on Manu (Hinduism):

In various Hindu traditions, Manu, is a title accorded to the
, and also the very first king to rule this earth, who saved mankind from the universal flood. . . .

"The ten sons of Manu are known as Vena, Dhrishnu, Narishyan, Nabhaga, Ikshvaku, Karusha, Saryati, the eighth, a daughter named
, Prishadhru the ninth, and Nabhagarishta, the tenth. . . ."

Coincidence, or not?


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Emma Watson called to 'Noah' role

Emma Watson is in talks for the young female lead in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," following a months-long process that culminated with the role going to Dakota Fanning -- who had to bow out due to a contentious scheduling conflict with Naomi Foner's indie "Very Good Girls."

Fanning's reps spent two weeks trying to work out the scheduling issues but they proved too daunting to overcome. . . .

Previous reports from the blogosphere pegged Saoirse Ronan for the young female lead and Liam Neeson as the antagonist of the film, though those reports were inaccurate; Liev Schreiber has since emerged as a leading contender for that role. . . .

The biblical epic is set to star Russell Crowe as the title character, while Jennifer Connelly has been rumored to play his faithful wife Naameth -- though sources tell Variety that Julianne Moore is also in contention for that role, which Moore could shoot after she wraps MGM's "Carrie" remake, provided her schedule doesn't present the same problems that Fanning's did. . . .

Variety, June 7


"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Ray Winstone to play Noah's "nemesis". Apparently Val Kilmer was being considered for this part, too, at one point.

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Jennifer Connelly enters talks for 'Noah'

Jennifer Connelly is ready to reteam with her "Beautiful Mind" co-star as she is in negotiations to join Russell Crowe in Paramount and New Regency's "Noah."

Darren Aronofsky had been courting the thesp for months, but no official offer had been delivered before Monday. Connelly would join a cast that already includes Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth.

In Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale, Noah is a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants, but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet. Connelly will play Noah's wife. . . .

Variety, June 18


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"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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Several of my FB friends have posted this photo, which has appeared everywhere in recent days, but they're crediting it to Grace Hill Media. So I'm guessing there's a plan already in place to market this to the evangelical world?

EDIT: Oops! Nevermind. I see now that Peter mentioned the Grace Hill connection way back in April...

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P.S.  I COULD BE WRONG.

 

Takin' 'er easy for all you sinners at lookingcloser.org. Also abiding at Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

 

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That is a good corrective. I cringe at the term "faith-fueled."


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morgan1098 wrote:

: Several of my FB friends have posted this photo, which has appeared everywhere in recent days, but they're crediting it to Grace Hill Media.

They are? Darren Aronofsky tweeted the image himself.


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Kevin Durand, who played a quasi-villainous archangel Gabriel in Legion, will now play a six-armed fallen angel who *helps* Noah in this film.


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morgan1098 wrote:

: Several of my FB friends have posted this photo, which has appeared everywhere in recent days, but they're crediting it to Grace Hill Media.

They are? Darren Aronofsky tweeted the image himself.

Right. But Grace Hill is re-posting and distributing the image (with credit to Aronofsky), which seems to imply that they're already in promotion mode.

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