From Maximus in ‘Gladiator’ to Javert in ‘Les Miserables’, Russell Crowe has had his fair share of iconic roles. But now he’s taking on one of Biblical proportions as Noah from the Old Testament.
In the trailer, released by Paramount Pictures last night, Noah wakes up from a nightmare, and then it cuts to him saying, “He’s going to destroy the world”. He is given a divine mission- to build an ark to save creation from the coming flood.
Complete with beard and long hair, Crowe inhabits the role of the saviour of all innocent creatures in a world ravaged by human sin.
The movie, due out on 28 March 2014, is a riot of orange comets, blood, and of course, towering columns of water foretelling the ending of the world as destruction (literally) rains down. In the trailer Noah says, 'I saw water, death by water. And I saw new life.'
Darren Aronofsky, who last gave us the Oscar-winning ‘Black Swan’, helms this reportedly US$130 million (S$162) production.
The star-studded cast sees Jennifer Connelly reuniting with Crowe after their pairing in 2001’s ‘A Beautiful Mind’. Among the recognizable faces, Anthony Hopkins (‘Thor; The Dark World) plays Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather, while up and comer’s Emma Watson (the ‘Harry Potter’ series) and Logan Lerman (‘Percy Jackson and The Sea Of Monsters’) play his children. Ray Winstone (‘Beowulf’) takes on the role of villain, as he rallies an army to take on the ark.
Between the vast, cinematic landscapes (the movie was partly shot in Southern Iceland) and the stunning CGI, it looks to be a truly epic film.
In Aronofsky’s hands, there is definite artistic license taken and it is hard to place which era the film is set in. But it’s not unlike Aronofksy to deviate from the source material and put a twist in there when you least expect it. What’s most compelling is how the ark itself looks nothing like the ship it’s been painted as historically, and more like a frieght container made out of wood.
Either way, it doesn't look like anything we've seen before when it comes to Biblical retellings and adaptations.