After months of rumors, Russell Crowe’s involvement in the film version of the Biblical story of Noah's Ark is now confirmed, with him set to take the title role.
The director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), who co-wrote the screenplay, said in a statement, “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."
Aronofsky also thanked Paramount Pictures for helping him “breathe new life” into the classic story. Crowe joins co-stars Saoirse Ranan (The Lovely Bones) and Jennifer Connelly (Blood Diamond), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Aronofsky worked with Ari Handel and artist Niko Henrichon on a graphic novel based on the idea for the film, released by French publisher Le Lombard in a series titled Noé.
Crowe is currently filming Les Misérables with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. The Australian actor next appears in Broken City, a crime thriller costarring Mark Wahlberg and Catherine Zeta-Jones, due in January 2013, and out in June 2003, Man of Steel with Henry Cavill and Amy Adams, by Zack Synder (Sucker Punch).
Noah will begin production in Iceland and New York in July, for release March 28, 2014.