|Directed by||Darren Aronofsky|
|Based on||Noah's Ark of
the Book of Genesis
|Music by||Clint Mansell|
|Editing by||Andrew Weisblum|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Noah is an upcoming 2014 American religious epic film directed by Darren Aronofsky and written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. Starring Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone, the film is based on the story of Noah's Ark and is set to be released in theaters on March 28, 2014.
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- 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.
- Leo McHugh Carroll as Japheth, Noah's son.
- Emma Watson as Ila, Noah's adopted daughter.
- Kevin Durand as an Og, a Watcher who helps Noah and his family.
- Dakota Goyo as Young Noah
- Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Noah's nemesis.
- Marton Csokas as Lamech
- Madison Davenport as Na'el, the wife of Ham.
- Mark Margolis as Samyaza, a fallen angel
- Adam Griffith as Adam
- Ariane Rinehart as Eve
- Gavin Casalegno as Young Shem
- Skylar Burke as Young Ila
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 the flood. Aronofsky was working on early drafts of the script for Noah around the time his first attempt to make The Fountain fell through when actor 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, but is not credited for his contributions.
In October 2012, Emma Watson commented on the setting of the film: "I think what Darren's going for is a sense that it could be set in any time. It could be set sort of like a thousand years in the future or a thousand years in the past. [...] You shouldn't be able to place it too much."
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".
Filming also took place in New York state. 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, both of whom had been kayaking for several hours, were rescued by the Coast Guard near Cold Spring Harbor. Production was put on hold while Hurricane Sandy went through the East Coast during late October 2012.
Speaking of the film's extensive use of visual effects, Aronofsky said he and his crew "had to create an entire animal kingdom," using no real animals in the production but instead "slightly tweaked" versions of real creatures. Industrial Light and Magic said their work on the film represented "the most complicated rendering in the company's history."
Correspondence to religious accounts
Producer Scott Franklin told Entertainment Weekly, "Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible, despite the six-armed angels."
"Worrisome" feedback from largely religious audiences at test screenings in October 2013 led The Hollywood Reporter to report on tensions between Aronofsky and Paramount over control of the final cut.
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- Official website
- Noah at the Internet Movie Database
- Noah at the TCM Movie Database
- Noah at Rotten Tomatoes