While Darren Aronofsky has wanted to make a big budget film version of the Noah story for years, it’s only recently there’s been enough interest in Hollywood in biblical epics that he’ managed to get some real movement on the project.
Christian Bale was offered the title role in Noah, but he apparently it down, so now Deadline reports Aronofsky is looking to get Russell Crowe onto the ark.
The original story follows Noah, who God believe is a man who’s “righteous in his generation,” and so gives him detailed instructions on how to construct a ark, which will save him and wo of every animal when a massive deluge comes to wipe out the rest of mankind.
No deals have been made, but the director is hoping to bring on the Oscar-winning actor to play the title role in the New Regency/Paramount film. He is also eyeing Liam Neeson for another undetermined role, believed to be a human antagonist to Noah, who believes the man’s ark building mania is completely nutty (which to be honest, as an outside observer would be a fair position to hold – until it starts raining, of course).
It isn’t certain when Noah might shoot.