First Look: Russell Crowe Looks Grizzled in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' (Updated)

First Look: Russell Crowe Looks Grizzled in Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' (Updated)

Aug 10, 2012

Due out in theaters in 2014 -- and currently in production in Iceland and New York -- Darren Aronofsky is wasting no time in showing the world a little piece of his upcoming behemoth of a film, based on the classic tale of Noah and his ark. Noah stars Russell Crowe as Noah, and the gist of the original story is there -- in that he's a man who's told to build a great vessel to house animals and his family in order to save them from a natural disaster heading their way -- but there's a whole lot more to Aronofsky's version, including some pretty wild fantasy elements, featuring giant monsters that were teased as part of the graphic novel series created to help sell the film. That graphic novel series, which we covered in detail earlier this summer, came with this more in-depth description ...

His name is Noah. Far from the stereotype of the patriarch that one appends the character of the Bible, he looked like a warrior. He looks like a Mad Max out of the depths of time. In the world of Noah, pity has no place. He lives with his wife and three children in a land barren and hostile, in the grip of severe drought. A world marked by violence and barbarism, delivered to the savagery of the clans that draw their reason to survive from war and cruelty.
 
But Noah is like no other. This is a fighter and also a healer. He is subject to visions which announce the imminent end of the Earth, swallowed by the waves of an endless deluge. Noah must notify his followers. If man is to survive, he must end the suffering inflicted on the planet and "treat the world with mercy." However, no one is listening.
 
The tyrant Akkad, who Noah went to visit in the city of Bal-llim, chased him and sentenced him to flee. After consulting with his grandfather Methuselah, Noah decided to rally to his cause the terrible Giants and accomplish the task entrusted to him by the Creator...
 
Noah costars Jennifer Connelly (who reteams with Crowe, playing his wife once again after the two won critical acclaim as husband and wife in A Beautiful Mind), as well as Ray Winstone (playing villain Tubal-Cain), Emma Watson (as Noah's adopted daughter), Anthony Hopkins (as Noah's grandfather), Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth (the latter two will play Noah's sons). For more on Noah, you might want to follow Aronofsky on Twitter as he's been tweeting images from the set throughout the film's production.
 
Update: Check out the full image below.
 
Russell Crowe as Noah
 

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