The Cast of "Noah"
When Darren Aronofsky announced that he was developing a movie based on the story of Noah and the flood from the Bible, many people were skeptical. After all, how can one make a movie interesting and fresh built on a concept and story that is as old as the written history of the world? Early praise for the movie seems to indicate a fresh perspective on the back-story of the events leading up to and during the flood, but just as much of the honor falls upon the perfectly cast roles. Learn about the main roles in "Noah," their stories and the actors who play them.
"Noah" includes all of the main players of the Bible story, as well as many other characters, some of which have history in the Bible and others who have been created for the movie itself.
Before his titular role in "Noah," Russell Crowe had starred in many landmark roles. His dedication to partying was once as well-known as the dedication to his craft. For as many award-winning roles in movies like "The Insider" and "Gladiator," he saw equal time in the public eye for fighting off the paparazzi and living it up with his band, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. As he matured, however, he focused more on acting and less on the rock star lifestyle. His turn as Captain Jack Aubrey in "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World" is one of the great adventure roles of the past 20 years. His aforementioned role as Maximus in "Gladiator" gained him recognition the world over. Russell Crowe has been able to play believable villains as well as protagonists. The relentless Javert in "Les Miserables" pursuing Jean Valjean demonstrated his vocal talent, as well. Russell Crowe plays Noah as a father concerned not only for the salvation of the world, but also the protection of his family. He expertly redefines the role that previously relied on septuagenarians with long white beards and frail bodies and makes the viewer think of Noah as a scared father who does anything to protect those that he loves as well as be obedient to his God.
Although the Bible never names Noah's wife, traditions abound that she was named Naameh. Jennifer Connelly, an Oscar-winner starring alongside Russell Crowe in "A Beautiful Mind," has a career that spans from childhood-stardom to mature roles in some of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. As Sarah in "Labyrinth," Jennifer got her first major break in the industry at only 16 years old. She played a woman trapped in a world of eternal night in "Dark City," and a gritty drug-addict in "Requiem for a Dream," the latter which was also directed by Darren Aronofsky. Connelly has the versatility to play any role and make it believable. Naameh must choose to stand by her husband, although she does not always understand his motives or even his sanity. Throughout "Noah," she grows and develops into a powerful ally for her husband to lean on for strength.
Emma Watson plays Noah's adopted daughter, Ila. Her role was created for the film. Although it is not a classical role from the Bible, Ila's presence in the movie adds emotional depth and gives the perspective of a young, vulnerable girl. Watson previously starred as Hermione in the "Harry Potter" franchise and in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." She has demonstrated serious acting chops from her beginnings as the ratty muggle-born girl in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," all the way to her role as the free-spirited Sam in 2012's "The Perks of Being a
Noah's grandfather, aptly played by veteran actor Anthony Hopkins, gives spiritual fortitude to Noah during the early parts of his struggle. The Bible states that Methuselah died at the age of 969, after living a life of righteousness. Anthony Hopkins is considered to be one of the best actors of the last two generations. His hallmark role as Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs" is one of the most memorable in history. Hopkins has been nominated for four Oscars and continues to lead and support movies in ways that only he can define. Upon release of the movie, Anthony Hopkins has turned 76 years old, also making him one of the few actors of his age working as hard as ever.
Kevin Durand has a face that audiences love to hate. This actor consistently takes roles as disgusting antagonists. As the mercenary Martin Keamy in television's "Lost," he did everything from kill teenagers to torture people he simply did not like. Nearly every role has him antagonize the main characters in some fashion. Og is not from the Bible counting of the Noah story, but from Jewish folklore. He is a giant whose tremendous strength is a threat to Noah and the commandments of the Lord.
On top of these featured stars of the movie, there are several supporting recognizable cast-members who add depth and strength to the story. Nick Nolte, Frank Langella and Ray Winstone lend their talents to the movie and are sure to draw attention to their roles.
"Noah" is receiving well-earned praise for every facet of its production, from its creative retelling of the epic Biblical story, to its expertly penned score by Clint Mansell. The cast is still one of its most impressive feats, as each actor gives it their all to deliver a believable, gripping movie that leaves the viewer breathless from start to finish.