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First Look: Russell Crowe Bearded and Burly As 'Noah' in Aronofksy's Biblical Genesis Epic

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood August 10, 2012 at 3:58PM

Check out the first official photo of Russell Crowe as the titular ark captain in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." (The first glimpse of the legendary ark can be seen here.) While the role had a few other prominent (and younger) names attach and then drop out of the project...
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Russell Crowe in "Noah"
Russell Crowe in "Noah"

Check out the first official photo of Russell Crowe as the titular ark captain in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." (The first glimpse of the legendary ark can be seen here.) While a few other prominent (and younger) names were attached to the role and then dropped out (Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender), Crowe looks capable and rugged enough to shepherd the world's animals through troubled waters. How many Hollywood actors can grow a beard like that?

Paramount's "Noah" is shooting on location in Iceland and is scheduled for a March 2014 release. The film's roster of co-stars includes Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins as Methuselah.

This article is related to: Russell Crowe, Darren Aronofsky, Noah, Paramount


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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.