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Russell Crowe Stars in Aronofsky’s “Noah”

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Russell Crowe in tuxRussell Crowe and his director Darren Aronofsky have been keeping us up to date on the production of their latest project, “Noah.” The Biblical epic is currently filming in Iceland. Crowe is pretty much looking like his usual self, though perhaps a bit more rugged with his dark, salt and pepper beard. It may not be the way many of us picture Noah from the Bible, but it does fit with Aronofsky’s other types of films and style.

Yes, production is well under way, but don’t get too excited just yet. The film is for sure the biggest film of Aronofsky’s career and he is not taking that lightly. The release date is set for March 28th, 2014, which will give Aronofsky plenty of time to get the effects just right and hopefully put a new twist on the famous story. This film will definitely be a challenge, but if anyone can pull it off, it’s Aronofsky and Crowe. And they’re both taking this very seriously. Aronofsky first began working on this project nearly 5 years ago in 2007.

This is the director’s follow up to “Black Swan” which premiered in October 2010 at the Venice Film Festival. It received a standing ovation there and received amazing praise from film critics. It was nominated for five Oscars, three SAG awards, and four Golden Globes. The film broke limited-release box office records and grossed over $329 million.

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Aronofsky’s first two films were low budget, “Pi” and “Requiem for a Dream.” His third film, “The Fountain” only grossed a little over $15 million worldwide. Aronofsky’s fourth film was “The Wrestler.” He had worked on the idea for over a decade, was thrilled when Mickey Rourke joined the project. The shoot only took 40 days. “The Wrestler” was also Aronofsky’s highest grossing film to that point, earning over $44 million worldwide.

For “Noah,” Aronofsky is not only the director, but also the writer and producer. The film is based on a graphic novel that was written by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. The graphic novel was published in French in October 2011. The budget for the film is an estimated $130 million, well over the budget of his previous films. Crews were building the famous ark last month in Oyster Bay, Long Island, in New York. Aronofsky Russell Crowe as Noahtweeted pictures of the boat, along with much of the Icelandic scenery.

Rusell Crowe is most definitely a pro at his craft, with such films on his resume as “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind,” both of which were Oscar winners. We can’t think of anyone better to play the Biblical prophet Noah, especially after seeing the recent photos from the set.

This film will not be your church version of the Bible story. The film not only will include wingless demons, but also giants. Aronfsky has been tweeting about a character named Og. Og was the King of Bhan, part of the Rephaim, a race of giants in the Bible. In Jewish folklore, Noah made him a special compartment in the Ark. I’m excited to see how the film plays out, and what twists and turns we’ll see in this epic.

Keaven Neely

Keaven is a stay at home mother of two little girls. She writes her blog This Mama Is Crazy and also sells her arts and crafts on her Etsy site. Writer of “The No BS Zone”

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