According to a recent report, actress Jennifer Connelly is in negotiations to re-team with director Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe in the big-budget biblical movie Noah. Connelly worked with Aronofsky in Requiem For a Dream and with Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. If she's cast, she'll play Noan's wife, Naameh. Connelly is a beautiful, talented actress, who I'm sure will end up being great in the movie.
It's also reported that Hanna star Saoirse Ronan is in talks to join the movie as well, but there's no word on what character she'll play. Perhaps she'll be one of the wives of Noah's three sons?
As we previously reported, this is a project that Aronofsky has been very passionate about. He's already made a comic book adaptation. According to the director, the inspiration for Noah came from a 1976 Sunn Pictures documentary called In Search of Noah's Ark that he watched when he was kid, and became a "huge fan" of. Here's what Aronofsky had to say about the film project in a few different interviews,
Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.
I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They're not PG in any way. They're all about sleeping with your brother's sister who gives you a child who you don't know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing.
Here's some more information on discussing the villain that Noah will be encountering:
...there's a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah," Wells added. "Someone who's saying 'Listen, don't listen to him. We're fine! We don't need to build any ark. Don't be so alarmist! Don't be so fundamentalist.' You know? One of those guys. So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually.
I'm a big fan of Aronofsky and his work, and it's going to be so cool to see how he handles the material. This is sure to turn out to be an epic film.