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Casting Watch: Hopkins Boards 'Noah,' Hoffman for 'Catching Fire' Game Maker & Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 9, 2012 at 12:23PM

It's nice to start Monday off with news that a handful of our favorite actors have been cast in exciting new projects, including Anthony Hopkins in "Noah," Michael Fassbender in "Assassin's Creed" and Philip Seymour Hoffman in "Catching Fire"...
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Anthony Hopkins has boarded Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." The veteran actor will play Methuselah across from Russell Crowe's Noah, as well as Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connolly and Douglas Booth. ThePlaylist caught the casting news via Aronofsky's Twitter: i'm honored to be working with the great sir anthony hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of ‪#Noah‬. ‪#methuselahlives‬." ThePlaylist explains the character: "While he's actually only mentioned once in the Bible, in the the Book Of Enoch, his father tells him of the impending flood, and Methuselah works with his grandson Noah to try and convince the people of Earth to return to a life of godliness to avoid God's wrath. Methuselah sees through the completion of the ark, but died seven days before the flood, with God having promised him he would not die with the unrighteous."

Philip Seymour Hoffman is following Jena Malone to "Catching Fire," where he'll play Plutarch Heavensbee. Lionsgate now confirms the news that was previously announced by E! News. Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker (replacing Seneca Crane, played by Wes Bentley in "The Hunger Games"). The film kicks off production this fall with director Francis Lawrence, star Jennifer Lawrence & company. In the meantime, check out Hoffman in this teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master." Still uncast in "Catching Fire" is Finnick Odair.

Michael Fassbender is set to star and produce a big screen adaptation of the "Assassin's Creed" video games, which were first introduced to gamers in 2007. The central character of the game is Desmond Miles, a bartender who is kidnapped and forced by a corporation to use the Animus machine to relive memories of his ancestor, Altair, who was an assassin during the Crusades in the middle east. Follow-up games place him in 14th century Italy and colonial America at the end of the 18th century. ThePlaylist has more details on the Ubisoft game and their plans to set the potential franchise up at a studio now that they've landed one of the hottest actors in town.

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, Michael Fassbender, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, News, Franchises, The Hunger Games

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.