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Darren Aronofsky Finds His Cain & Abel For 'Noah'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 30, 2012 2:22 PM
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Cain and Abel

With production gearing up on Darren Aronofsky's massive "Noah," he continues to pad out his already impressive cast with more Biblical characters to help tell the tale of the man who built the Ark. Now, two famous siblings from Genesis will be making an appearance.

The director has cast the largely unknown Icelandic actors Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson ("Reykjavik-Rotterdam") and Arnar Dan as Cain and Abel respectively in the film. In case you're not up on your Old Testament, Cain and Abel were the sons of Adam and Eve, with Cain killing his brother after he grew jealous when God took Abel's offerings instead of his own. He was given a mark, warning others of God's vengeance that awaited those who commited murder, and he was forced to wander the Earth in punishment. The curious thing is that the events of Cain and Abel take place well before Noah was even born, so we're not sure how this factors in. Flashbacks maybe? With Dakota Goyo cast as the younger Noah, that would seem to be the case. Either way, Jóhannesson and Dan aren't expected to have many lines, so we'd guess their appearance will be brief anyway.

The pair join Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas and Goyo in the movie that will set sail on March 28, 2014. [Iceland Review]

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  • Sean | July 30, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    Cameo: Jeremy Davies as Jesus Christ?

  • hank | July 30, 2012 7:39 PM

    These are stories from the Hebrew bible, Jesus doesn't exist in the Hebrew bible.

  • Joel | July 30, 2012 6:57 PM

    That would be awesome. Plus Davies is incredibly underrated.

  • James | July 30, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    we don't really know where Adam and Eve hailed from or what color skin they had or what color hair they had or what color eyes they had. a) they're most likely fictional b) according to the bible, Cain and Abel were the first two sons of the first two people on earth. That means that all races must have come from them c) according to the bible, it was also many thousands of years ago that these people lived, people evolve, we really have no idea what they looked like. Maybe they looked like they were from China, maybe they looked like they were from Etheopia. We really don't have a fucking clue.

  • Carson Wells | July 30, 2012 11:52 PM

    The bible gives enough clues of the whereabouts of the Garden of Eden that we know its location is in what is now Iraq. The bible also does not suggest Adam and Eve were the first two people on earth, only the first people to know God. And if Cain was a fugitive and worried others would slay him there were clearly other people. That seems pretty obvious.

  • Nubian Prince | July 30, 2012 8:03 PM

    How do you know Cain and Abel weren't white? That would seem to be a strange complaint to make about their casting.

    As for the others, Jennifer Connelly is "half Jewish" and Logan Lerman is totally Jewish, so their casting in an Old Testament movie seems quite appropriate.

    New Testament, on the other hand...

  • Roark | July 30, 2012 5:54 PM

    yeah, i know, it's stupid to complain about racial composition of the cast of a bible movie, but that doesn't mean its any less annoying to see the same old Europe dominated tropes about Biblical man being regurgitated ad nauseum. as chrichton suggests, there's actually plenty of evidence showing that human beings first existed in Africa. racial differentiation only occurred approximately 30k years ago as human beings migrated away from Africa and adapted to the newer, colder climates they encountered.

  • Crichton | July 30, 2012 4:35 PM

    "We really don't have a fucking clue" and yet the filmmaker is quite certain that they should be white as a blizzard. You should lend your sense of ambiguity to Aronofsky. Nevermind the anthropological studies that have linked the earliest humans to Africa. We must assume that modern white skin privilege is a timeless, universal phenomenon throughout the history of mankind. Fable or not, it's way past time for Hollywood's racist impulses to fuck off for good.

  • Roark | July 30, 2012 3:13 PMReply

    Not that anyone should've expected otherwise, but it's nice to see Aronofsky continuing the grand tradition of depicting people who lived thousands of years ago in the Middle East as blond haired, blue eyed Northern Europeans. Progress!

  • ImARacistScumbag | July 31, 2012 9:35 AM

    Sometimes, I like to masturbate over the thought of Taye Diggs touching me in my bathing suit area. When I can get it up. Which isn't very often. Mostly I just cry myself to sleep at night.

    Also, because I'm a racist piece of shit, I've had this comment edited.

  • Jonathan | July 30, 2012 8:44 PM

    Sure. And I'll bet all the characters will be heteronormalised too.

  • catttt | July 30, 2012 5:19 PM

    Check out the synopsis. This script isn't word-for-word from the bible, it's set in a post-apocalyptic future. It's not necessarily set in Middle East. It's more a scifi film than bible epic.

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