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First Look At Russell Crowe In Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'; Will The Film Feature The Giant Og?

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 10, 2012 9:19 AM
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So, how soon is it to start marketing? If you're the folks over at Paramount, one year and eight months or so seems to be nothing, as just weeks after cameras started rolling on Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," we're now getting our first look at the Biblical epic.

USA Today has the first official snap that features an appropriately rugged Russell Crowe getting his Bible on. And judging by the pic, he isn't yet riding out the flood. But as it's been made very clear, this won't be your Sunday School version of the story. Already set to feature some kind of wingless angel demons, the movie will also contain giants. Yes, literal giants. Aronofsky has been tweeting recently about a character/creature named Og. The folks over at Patheos have provided a bit of background, revealing that Og was the King Of Bahan, and part of the Rephaim, a race of giants in the Bible. According to Jewish folklore, Noah built a special compartment in the Ark for him and/or he rode out the flood by sitting on the top. Either way, we'll see how Og will make an appearance, but it's another interesting note to a movie that is playing as much with myth and legend as it is with the elements of the standard story we know.

Co-starring Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Kevin Durand, Martin Csokas, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Arnar Dan, Mark Margolis and the recently added Madison Davenport, "Noah" opens on March 28, 2014.

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13 Comments

  • Bill | August 15, 2012 1:04 PMReply

    I wonder how the christians are gonna like the giant. Seeing how it's in the bible but not many know that because they don't read the bible despite claiming to know it from cover to cover. I told one believer once that the bible not only condones slavery but has instructions on how to be a good slave. I was called a blasphemer and devil for spreading lies. Aronofsky, watch your back.

  • Lee | August 15, 2012 12:03 PMReply

    I just want to remind one thing, Noah doesn't just come from Christian story. Well, not that it's a new thing to tell...

  • audiodramatist | August 12, 2012 1:24 AMReply

    Just a quick question: Are there any Black folks in this myth/fantasy?
    Just wondering as it is standard operating procedure to exclude Black folk from the past or the future. But then maybe the Og and his subjects are the representations of the dark folks before the flood.
    And yes, i did go there...But only with love for Hollywood.
    ...Nollywood rising

  • Joe | August 15, 2012 7:41 PM

    Nollywood?? Bwahahaha

  • David | August 11, 2012 1:33 AMReply

    If you read Genesis chapter six, where the story of Noah begins, You'll see that this movie isn't inconsistent at all, at least judging by the description above. Genesis 6:4 says "There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came into the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men of old, men of renown." Some say that the sons of God referenced here were the fallen angels descended to earth after the rebellion, and that the giants were the product of fallen angels mixing with humans.

  • Justin | August 10, 2012 9:37 PMReply

    I don't think this would've gotten the budget it did if it was going to stray too far off course, or outright offend believers. There simply is not a lot to go on just from the scriptures, so as long as the message and themes are there... a little creative license would be acceptable. The casting of Crowe is also key, many Christians (such as myself) have a positive view of him due to his more "traditional" types of films - Gladiator, Cinderella Man, etc.

  • 6 100 | August 10, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    None of the people in the Bible are of Northern European descent with the exception of maybe some of the Roman Centurions. And even that's a stretch

    People need to call BS on this whitewashed movie.

  • bee | November 14, 2013 5:08 AM

    Jennifer Connelly's mother is Jewish and Logan Lerman is 100% Jewish. So they can definitely play Old Testament characters.

  • Joe | August 15, 2012 7:44 PM

    No one cares. And you will be the first in line for a ticket.

  • BEF | August 10, 2012 1:05 PMReply

    Will this go over well with Christians? Their bullshit every animal in the world story now has giants too - painting it as it really is -- a fantast

  • serpico | August 10, 2012 9:35 AMReply

    Cecil B. Demille lives. Love it.

  • Max | August 10, 2012 9:26 AMReply

    When it was announced he'd joined the film,reports said that Kevin Durand was playing a giant that helps Noah build the Ark, perhaps this is his role?

  • Josh Watson | August 10, 2012 9:23 AMReply

    Uh, Noah is at Paramount not Fox.

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