We’ve been hearing the buzz surrounding Noah’s Ark, the movie, for months now. If you were starting to believe the Bible-based motion picture was a myth, we have a little something to return your faith. Will a photo from the set do the trick?
I can’t blame a single soul for being skeptical. It wasn’t so long ago that Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was playing a game of red light, green light with The Wolverine property. That game ended without Aronofsky’s attachment sticking with The Wolverine. In fact, directing duties have transferred over to James Mangold. I don’t mind the change either. Mangold is behind Cop Land, a great crime drama with a great script, cool characters, and plenty of action. He also worked with Jackman before on his most romantic film, Kate & Leopold. Mangold also directed Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma. Color me excited. There’s even a photo of The Wolverine already floating around. The movie lives! Just like Noah’s Ark.
Noah’s Ark will star Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly, who are being reunited from their co-starring roles on A Beautiful Mind. That ought to be fun. Saoirse Ronan of The Lovely Bones and The Host joins Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand and Mark Margolis. Did I read that right? Emma Watson! Woo!
When Aronofsky first won Crowe as his lead, he said, “I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day.”
Filming for this Biblical epic has been going on in Iceland and in New York and the picture has a release date of March 28, 2014. Can you say “Snakes on a Ship?” The photo from the set looks a little spooky. It also looks like something from an Indiana Jones film. That’s because it’s an interior shot from within the Ark, where piles of snakes reside, hoping to avoid the world-changing flood about to assault the planet. There’s also a giant crocodile down there, chilling with the snakes. (Well, he looks to big to be an alligator to me.) Can you imagine having to live peacefully with all those creatures trapped inside a floating vessel?
The photo came from Darren Aronofsky’s cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, who wrote,
Pre lighting on the holiest day of the year.”
I believe Libatique is referring to Yom Kippur, which began in the evening of Tuesday, September 25, and ended in the evening of Wednesday, September 26.
I hear Ray Winstone is being billed as the story’s villain. That should be interesting. He’s a good choice to be facing off against Crowe. If you’re a fan of Crowe, then you may have caught his Tweets about the terrible weather and dangerous conditions in Iceland. Better he than me! He has even joked about singing a lullaby to his Bible-based brood, Tweeting, “Night Shem, night Ham, night Japheth.”
This December Crowe will have the chance to wow Les Mis fans in his role as Inspector Javert. Thank you, director Tom Hooper, for figuring out that the big guy could sing. Speaking again of The Wolverine, Jean Valjean is brought to life by Hugh Jackman. Now that’s an awesome hero/ villain pairing!
Crowe is also getting in on some comic book movie action by becoming Jor-El for the new Man of Steel.