Once Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah was greenlit, talks of who could be cast as Noah, his wife, and the villain began. Russell Crowe was attached and eventually signed on to play as the titular character. Liam Neeson was in talks to play as the villain, as was Liev Schreiber, and most recently Ray Winstone. But as to who could play Noah’s wife, the choice doesn’t come off as a complete surprise.
Jennifer Connelly was rumored to be in talks to play as Noah’s wife for a long time. Connelly has been in Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream and starred alongside Crowe as his wife in Ron Howard’s A Beautiful Mind, so she has experience with working with the two. Many of the previous reports went with the fact that she was in talks, considering she was one of the choices to play Noah’s wife. The other one being Julianne Moore.
Variety was the first to report on the news about Connelly negotiating for the role. Should she accept, she would appear in the story that is said to be a “a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark, in which the titular Noah is given a divine mission of building an ark to save creation from the impending flood.”
As aforementioned, Crowe is already signed on to play as the titular character. Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth both have signed on to play has his sons. Emma Watson is said to be in talks to play as the love interest to the eldest son of Noah.
Paramount Pictures plans to release Noah on March 28th, 2014.