You’d think that with only two and a half months until the release, it would be a little late for Darren Aronofsky to be adding new actors to Noah. However he’s tweeted, ‘just added the legend nick nolte as the watcher samyaza in #noah . long live the nephilim! it was an honor.’
The reason he can come in so late is that Samyaza will be a largely CGI creation, so Nolte will presumably be providing the voice.
The ‘nephilim’ are mentioned in The Bible in Genesis 6:4 where they are described as “sons of God” and “daughters of men.” This has led some to say that they were the offspring of angels/demons and people, although Aronofky’s film takes the other interpretation of them, with Samyaza the leader of the Grigori, a.k.a. Watchers, angels who fell from grace after they were consumed by lust for mortal women.
The film will apparently also follow the legend that the nephilim are giants, and it’s believed Samyaza will have six arms. The nephilim/grigori are an interesting part of Jewish/Christian mysticism that has a long, rich history, but is rarely mentioned today. Mark Margolis was previously linked to the role, although it may be he did the motion capture while Nolte will be the voice. The film is out in March.