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Ray Winstone Could Face Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

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June 12, 2012
Source: Deadline

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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?

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  • Would have been okay with Val Kilmer too honestly, but I like him too much to have him play the villain, so this is good too!
  • Noah you slaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaag
    • rennmaxbeta
      Maybe they could get Mel Gibson. "Who wants to eeeeaaaat?!"
  • son_et_lumiere
    if it goes ahead, this would be great. Maximus vs Beowulf. 'the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night' vs 'I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.' power vs power, heft vs heft. Winstone's got the size, sure, but he's also got the acting ability to go toe to toe with Crowe. bring it on, i say. colour me Pavlovian.
  • Not exactly sure of what kind of story they are going to tell. Yes Noah faced intense ridicule when building the ark as everyone else thought he was a crazy man but their was never any main "villain" for Noah to overcome. Noah is a story of faith in God and being righteous in a world over-run with evil and debauchery.  Somehow how I'm guessing this movie is going to miss out on the real story of Noah. 

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