Later this year, Russell Crowe will be starring in the title role of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the director is currently in the process of casting the supporting roles around him. According to Deadline, Douglas Booth will play Shem and Logan Lerman will play Ham, the prophetic boatsman’s two sons. His wife is yet to be cast, but rumours of Jennifer Connelly persist.
Interestingly, the same report scuppers old stories that Liam Neeson was going to appear in the film as Noah’s nemesis, a character I don’t remember from the… eh… original book.
Nor do I remember the punch-ups, stonings and heavy drinking that Crowe will be expected to enact, just an awful lot of water and something frankly surreal about a boat filled with rutting animals.
And I don’t remember the story of Moses much better either. Perhaps I’ll take the five minutes necessary to re-read it in prep for Ridley Scott‘s planned picture about the man who went up a Mountain and came down a spokesman for God.
Speaking to Esquire, Scott has said:
No, I’ve got something else in the works. I’m already doing it. It’s called Moses… Seriously, seriously. It’s going to happen… I probably shouldn’t have let that slip out. I’m not supposed to say anything… It’s definitely in the cards, though. What’s interesting to me about Moses isn’t the big stuff that everybody knows. It’s things like his relationship with Ramses [II, the pharaoh]. I honestly wasn’t paying attention in school when I was told the story of Moses. Some of the details of his life are extraordinary.
Scott’s a good choice for a biblical epic, I think. I wonder if he too will go to Crowe? Actually seems like a pretty likely scenario.
Incidentally, Steven Spielberg has some vague plans for a Moses movie, though we’ll see what happens there. Reading between the lines, it sounds like Scott might be getting his project ready to go first.