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First Good Look: Russell Crowe as Noah in Aronofsky's Epic 'Noah'

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August 10, 2012
Source: USA Today

Russell Crowe / Darren Aronofsky's Noah

"I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it's a reality. Genesis 6:14." That was one of director Darren Aronofsky's recent tweets while finally putting together a set for his over-$100-million epic production of Noah, starring Russell Crowe as the biblical bearded hero Noah. Our friends at USA Today got the first look at Crowe, and it's a close-up of the actor's face lookin' quite rough already. But there's not much else to see. This is our very first look at anyone in Noah, beyond that we've only seen the set being constructed in Aronofsky tweets, but I'm patiently waiting for good shots like this to feature when they arrive. Check it out!

Russell Crowe as Noah

In Darren Aronofsky's take on the Biblical tale, Noah (Crowe) is a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants, but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet. Paramount/New Regency are behind the project, being produced by Aronofsky & Protozoa Pictures partner Scott Franklin with Mary Parent. Aronofsky & Ari Handel wrote the script, with a rewrite by John Logan. The cast includes Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins. Crowe recently tweets: "I'm living on a vast plain of volcanic ash in the lee of a volcanic glacier. The commute to work is a hike up a mountain."

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  • http://www.facebook.com/avi.smulders Avi Smulders
    it will be epic and stupid in one time! Epic because it's a biblical story and stupid because nobody believes the bible anymore.
    • Happy camper
      But people believe a man in tights with bat ears who fights crime or space aliens... There all storys to be told.
      • http://www.facebook.com/avi.smulders Avi Smulders
        Oke your right!
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586082002 Keitj T. Alin
      I know more people who believe in the bible then those who don't. My guess is that this will be more controversial in a negative light to Christians based-on Aronofsky's previous projects.
      • jm
        Try to think in chinese and Indian people when the film will open in their countries
    • hawk99
      Hey, I believe the Bible. I'm not sure all the stories happened exactly as they are written (Noah's Ark an excellent example), but I believe there's truth to them and things to be learned.
      • Ryderup
        And people like you scare me.
        • http://www.facebook.com/avi.smulders Avi Smulders
          evolution is not a theory but a fact or are you one of those people who think earth is 6000 years old? If you do who must be more afraid?
    • Hubert Vigilla
      What an epically stupid comment. It's possible to be an agnostic or atheist and yet still appreciate what the stories in the Bible mean as metaphors or parables.
  • Guy
    The main concept sounds closer to "The Day the Earth Stood Still" than the Biblical story of Noah. "Disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet?" Just lost interest.
    • http://www.firstshowing.net/ Alex Billington
      That was an older synopsis, it's just the Noah story turned epic by way of Aronofsky. "The epic, biblical tale of Noah and the ark."
      • DAVIDPD
        That will be sweet is Aronofsky makes the Ark into its own character.
  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
    I think this will do well regardless of if it's actually any good due to the fact that parents are going to force their kids to watch it and thousands of churches are going to take field trips to theaters to see it just like when The Passion of Christ was released. Seems like a cop out for Aronofsky to take such a safe project.
    • nate
      Because the Passion of the Christ was a safe project for Mel Gibson to take on. Give me a break.
      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
        When it comes to making money, it was a VERY safe project. He had an already established audience to bank on just like the Transformers franchise or Alvin and The Chipmunks.
    • hawk99
      With Aronofsky I sort of doubt it's the traditional Noah story at all. God isn't mentioned in the summary. This Noah who "loves the earth" and disillusioned by how humanity has treated it, sounds more environmentalist than anything. I'm interested to see his take on it.
      • http://www.facebook.com/matt.peloquin.14 Matt Peloquin
        I actually read some interviews with him and checked out his graphic novel, Noe, after posting my comment and have changed my mind a lot. It appears this is a huge passion project for him and he's been trying to get it made for years. When he thought it was doomed he came out with the graphic novel because he thought the source material was so great and he didn't want it to disappear. It sounds like he's taking inspirations from Greek mythology and stories like Hercules as well and it will be interesting to see how he handles a world which must be completely wiped out due to it being over run with evil. I'm hoping it's got the tone of Requiem for a Dream with a period setting and more elements of realism than fantasy.
    • Paquete_PT
      Parents took their children to Passion of the Christ?! really!? Have you watched that movie? it's very violent...
  • http://twitter.com/Jertown Jertown
    I still hold out hope that one day a biblical story will be told without preaching or pretending it isn't from the Bible. There are some seriously epic stories in the Bible that could be made into incredible films without turning it into a pulpit or a generic fantasy tale. This has the potential to find that balance, but it's too soon to tell.
  • http://www.quanahblogs.com/ Quanah
    Let's do this thing.
  • rennmaxbeta
    Because Passion of the Christ was a huge box office hit.
  • Ryderup
    I sure hope there is some cool twist to it... and not just christian propaganda.

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