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Saoirse Ronan & Jennifer Connelly Set Sail with Aronofsky's 'Noah'?

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April 25, 2012
Source: THR

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There had been rumors about Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly re-teaming with director Darren Aronofsky on Noah, his biblical epic with Russell Crowe in the lead role. But THR recently sat down with Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman to talk about the studio's upcoming slate of films, and Goodman not only confirmed Connelly's involvement, but also said that Hanna star Saoirse Ronan has joined the cast as well. This project sounds like it has the potential to rival Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments, another classic Bible story starring some of the best actors of its time. Read on!

Here's what Goodman told THR:

“It will be a big, robust production and will have tremendous scale. It’s the perfect combination of casting [Russell Crowe, Saoirse Ronan and Jennifer Connelly] and a remarkable adventure. This isn’t what you think of when you think of Darren, but it will be very true to him as a filmmaker. It will be PG-13 and will likely cost around $125 million.”

Because there are brackets in that quote, there's still the slight possibility that THR could have misread something and that this casting announcement is incorrect, but it sounds legit to me. It's pretty likely that these ladies will be playing Noah's wife and daughter, respectively, but we'll let you know when we find out more information. Both of these women are excellent actresses, and I can't wait to see what Aronofsky has in store for us with this massive story he plans to tell. The busy filmmaker is already shopping around a movie based on the life of George Washington that he referred to as a "raw portrait of a man becoming an American," which should come right after the biblical epic which sails into theaters on March 28th, 2014.

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  • TheTruth
    Another epic fantasy where all the animals are on the same boat without eating each other!
  • happy camper
    Why would he says "it will be PG-13" thats so weird. I thought Aronofsky always has final cut inked in his film deals...
  • http://twitter.com/darktaxidermist Davide Coppola
    That's awesome news! Jennifer Connelly is one of my favorite actresses. Looks like this project gets better everyday. I wonder how closely he'll stick to the bible story and how much stuff he'll add, that will be interesting to see. PG-13 is really okay for a film like this, even though in the story God punished makind for all the R or NC-17 rated stuff that was going on at the time..
  • Ehsan Davodi
    Ben Pearson you made me very very glad! God bless you! Connelly and soairse in arronofski film! This is bomb! Arronofski beat ten commandment and cessil b.demille , and this is very obvious to me, if arronofski take back on himself nature and look in previous films specially requiem for dream he win the match! I m so excited,thrilled This is had potential to be biggest cinematic event of 2014 I think if they choose daniel dey Lewis And Philip seymour Hoffman and aLiam neeson and also James mc avoy as bad son of Noah this casting will be made better and better but ... I love you Darren
  • Dtstoyles
    The Noah's Ark story isn't even a good story. The angry and vengeful god kills everyone and everything in the world and only NOah and his family are worthy of living. Then comes years of incest and inbreeding. There is no way this movie turns out to be good.
    • Daniel Fuller
      If you accept the story of Noah as true, then you accept the story or Adam and Eve as true. These people were born before the Flood and since Adam and Eve were originally perfect with no damaged DNA, "inbreeding" would not have caused any problems. It is only after thousands of years that we have gotten to that point. The reason it is such a taboo for modern man is because of the possiblility of deformities in our children.
  • peloquin
    It's such a shame that Aronofsky took on this project, seems like a waste of a talented director.  I would've much rather seen the story of Washington first, this just sounds terrible.
  • Daniel Fuller
    I believe this will be a great story! I love both of these actresses and the potential for a success is good. The movie will no doubt end with the grand spectacular of the Flood so most of it will happen before that. I believe the people during this time lived to be quite old (old not meaning feeble) and no one really knows what type of technology they had during that period. Since Adam and Eve were taught by God in His presence, who can even imagine the type of stuff they could make. We are always looking at those people as backward ignorant people but why would that be? Evil does not need ignorance to succeed. Look at the world today. Does anyone think God couldn't teach Adam and Eve how to make high tech stuff like computers? What would a world be like when very few people died of illness or disease and they lived for hundreds of years. What type of world could they have had. I think a realistic "Noah" movie would be quiet surprising. Just saying... :)

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