Previously, we’ve reported that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) was set to direct an adaptation of the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark.  We then reported that Russell Crowe was rumored to play the titular character in Noah.  We can now confirm that Russell Crowe has been officially cast as a man who builds a boat large enough to contain two of every animal on Earth, to be directed by the guy behind The Black Swan.  Essentially, it will be the most insane film ever.

/Film has it that “Aronofsky and Crowe are signed and sealed to do Noah based on John Logan‘s rewrite of the Aronofsky and Ari Handel script, with the shoot starting in July.”  Just as rumors swirled that Crowe would be cast as Noah in the film, word has spread that Liam Neeson is in talks to play Noah’s antagonist in the film; if true, a Russell Crowe vs. Liam Neeson biblical battle may well be the most intense thing ever committed to celluloid.

Speaking of biblical, Aronofsky has downplayed the religious elements of the story about a man directed by God to build a gigantic boat before an apocalyptic flood kills 99% of life on Earth, saying that Noah is set to be more of an “event film” than anything else.  Time will tell, but one thing is for certain—Noah will certainly be interesting.

What do you think of the Noah news?