Ray Winstone Offered Role of Villain in Director Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH

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We recently reported that Liev Schreiber was in the mix for the antagonistic role in director Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, Noah, but it looks like Ray Winstone (The Departed) may have usurped him.  Recent reports suggest that Winstone is in talks to play the villain opposite Russell Crowe’s titular character.  Previously speculated suitors to the role of antagonist have been Liam Neeson, Val Kilmer, and the aforementioned Schreiber, but Aronofsky reportedly wanted someone with the “grit and size” to go up against Crowe.  Winstone has it in spades.  Hit the jump for a recap of what else we know about the project, including recent cast additions and the frontrunners for roles as of yet unfilled.

Deadline reports that noah-ray-winstoneWinstone is in talks to join Aronofsky’s Noah as the central antagonist.  Coming off of his performance as a dwarf in Snow White and the Huntsman, I’m more used to seeing Winstone in bigger roles such as those he played in King Arthur, Beowulf, 44 Inch Chest and Sexy Beast. He should do nicely as a physical presence opposite Crowe and I think the persona he brings will be a suitable match.

Emma Watson, of Harry Potter fame, recently joined the cast after Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) had to depart due to a scheduling conflict.  Watson is set as a young woman who develops a love interest with one of Noah’s sons.  The roles of the sons have been cast as Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Douglas Booth, but The Perks of Being a Wallflower fans won’t get to see a rekindling of Watson and Lerman, as Noah has her character set to fall for Booth’s.  The main role yet to fill is that of Naameth, Noah’s loyal wife.  Previously speculated actors for that role include Jennifer Connelly and Julianne Moore. Connelly, of course, starred opposite Crowe in 2001′s A Beautiful Mind. Aronofsky plans to start shooting next month in New York before moving on to Iceland.  Noah is set to open on March 28th, 2014.

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