USA Today has unveiled the first photo of Russell Crowe as the title character in Darren Aronofsky‘s big-budget biblical epic “Noah,” which is currently in production in Iceland. Check out the photo below.
The story follows the biblical tale of a man (Crowe) who is given the mission to build a giant vessel that can house two of every animal from the earth to save them from a giant flood that will wipe all life for a new beginning.
Aronofsky has been tweeting updates about his upcoming film, including several last month. “I dreamt about this since I was 13. And now it’s a reality. Genesis 6:14,” he said on July 11.
“Noah” won’t be your average Biblical epic though. Aronofsky plans to feature wingless angel demons and giants–based on his tweets, a creature named Og. Og was the King of Bahan, a race of giants, and part of the Rephaim 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,” writes Kevin Jagernauth.
The film is being made in Iceland, amidst inclement weather. Crowe has taken to his Twitter to talk about the cold and the wind during filming.
The new movie co-sars Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman. It’s set to hit theaters on March 28th, 2014.
Helmer Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” body-slammed the London Film Critics’ Circle Awards on Wednesday, winning best film and actor for Mickey Rourke.
However, helmer Danny Boyle’s awards season darling “Slumdog Millionaire” took the most awards on the night. The Mumbai-set thriller won honors for British film, British director and screenwriter (Simon Beaufoy).
Kate Winslet, also a firm favorite on the awards circuit, landed the actress prize for her perfs in “Revolutionary Road” and “The Reader.”
Kristin Scott Thomas was feted as best British actress for the Gallic film “I’ve Loved You So Long.” British actor nod went to Michael Fassbender (“Hunger”).
David Fincher took the director prize for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” with that pic’s Tilda Swinton drawing supporting actress kudos.
Eddie Marsan was named supporting actor for his turn as a crazed driving instructor in Mike Leigh’s “Happy-Go-Lucky.”
Fast-rising thesp Thomas Turgoose, who came to the fore in Shane Meadows’ “This Is England,” scooped the inaugural young British performer nod for his roles in “Eden Lake” and “Somers Town.”
In other prizes, artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen won breakthrough British filmmaker for “Hunger,” and “Waltz With Bashir” took foreign-language film.
The Dilys Powell Award for outstanding contribution to cinema was dished out to previously announced recipient Judi Dench.
The London Critics’ Circle, the film section of the Critics’ Circle, has more than 100 members who write for newspapers and magazines published across the U.K.
The awards were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel as a fund-raiser for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
Winners for the 29th Critics’ Circle Film Awards
FILM OF THE YEAR “The Wrestler” – Darren Aronofsky
ATTENBOROUGH FILM OF THE YEAR “Slumdog Millionaire” – Danny Boyle
DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR David Fincher – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
BRITISH DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Danny Boyle – “Slumdog Millionaire”
ACTOR OF THE YEAR Mickey Rourke – “The Wrestler”
ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Kate Winslet – “The Reader” / “Revolutionary Road”
BRITISH ACTOR OF THE YEAR Michael Fassbender – “Hunger”
BRITISH ACTRESS OF THE YEAR Kristin Scott-Thomas – “I’ve Loved You So Long”
BRITISH ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Eddie Marsan – “Happy-Go-Lucky”
BRITISH ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE Tilda Swinton – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
SCREENWRITER OF THE YEAR Simon Beaufoy – “Slumdog Millionaire”
THE NSPCC AWARD: YOUNG BRITISH PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR Thomas Turgoose – “Somers Town” / “Eden Lake”
BREAKTHROUGH BRITISH FILM-MAKER Steve McQueen – “Hunger
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR “Waltz With Bashir – Ari Folman