Ray Winstone Could Face Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'
More and more cast members are lining up (two by two, you might say) to join Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic Noah. Jennifer Connelly is still rumored for the part of Noah's wife, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth are playing his sons, and Emma Watson just signed on as a young love interest. Deadline reports that The Departed star Ray Winstone is the latest to hop on board, receiving an offer to play the villain in the film opposite Russell Crowe. Aapparently Liam Neeson and Val Kilmer were both in consideration for this part before, but Winstone is a solid actor who will bring a physical presence the other two lack. More below!
We don't know anything at all about Winstone's character yet, other than the fact that he's described as Noah's nemesis. Even his name is a mystery. Going back and reading the story of Noah in Genesis, there's no clear villain or antagonist mentioned in the text, so this must be a character created specifically for the film. Aronofsky wanted someone with the "grit and size to be convincing as he goes head to head against Crowe’s Noah," and Winstone certainly fits the bill since Crowe isn't quite as slim anymore as he was back in his Gladiator days. This also seemingly rules out the whispers of the villain possibly being God himself, since I don't recall there being a part of the story where God takes human form and gets into a brawl with Noah. But I guess this is Aronofsky we're dealing with, so just about anything is possible. Thoughts?