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Will Crowe and Neeson Face Off in Aronofsky's 'Noah's Ark'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood February 2, 2012 at 12:35PM

Christian Bale is a no-go for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark," but Russell Crowe may be taking the helm as Noah. Word is, Aronofsky is eyeing both Crowe and Liam Neeson for the biblical retelling with Crowe as the good guy and Neeson the bad...
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Crowe in "Robin Hood"; Neeson in "The Grey"
Crowe in "Robin Hood"; Neeson in "The Grey"

Christian Bale is a no-go for Darren Aronofsky's "Noah's Ark," but Russell Crowe may be taking the helm as Noah. Word is, Aronofsky is eyeing both Crowe and Liam Neeson for the biblical retelling with Crowe as the good guy and Neeson the bad. The film is set to shoot this spring, with New Regency and Paramount footing the $130 million price tag. Back in October, Aronofsky had planned to shoot the film on an epic fantasy scale; he told BloodyDisgusting that the Bible's Noah was both the first environmentalist and the first man to get drunk. Crowe's got our vote (cast yours below.)

Aronofsky's original script got a polish from Crowe's "Gladiator" screenwriter, John Logan. AintItCool ponders, "Russell Crowe and Liam Neeson together... no wonder the dinosaurs didn't make it on the boat."

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This article is related to: Darren Aronofsky, CASTING WATCH, IN THE WORKS, Russell Crowe, Liam Neeson, Headliners, 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.