Darren Aronofsky‘s Biblical epic Noah has been through enough chatter over the years to sink even the heartiest of souls, so it’s high time the filmmaker buckled down and began casting the rest of the film’s roles beyond just Russell Crowe as Noah. Just in the interest of getting this ship on the water and all.
Deadline Las Vegas reports that Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth are now on board to play Noah’s sons. Lerman will be the oldest, Ham, with Booth taking on the younger role of Shem. This means we’re still in need of some feminine wiles – the boys need a mom and Noah needs a wife (Jennifer Connelly continues to be the name that comes up most often when it comes to this particular role), and Ham apparently gets a love interest (supposedly a “great role” for an up-and-coming young actress). The outlet also reports that, despite earlier chatter, Liam Neeson will not be playing Noah’s “nemesis” in the film. I never really pictured him as raging floodwaters either. That role is also still up for grabs.
Lerman is best known for his work as Percy Jackson in the YA-based film franchise and will next be seen in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower. He’s previously worked with Crowe on 3:10 to Yuma (where he actually starred as Christian Bale’s son; Bale was, of course, once rumored for the Noah role). The Brit Booth is less well-known, but will soon be seen as Romeo in Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet. He’s also had roles in Great Expectations and The Pillars of the Earth series.
Aronofsky has been talking about the project since 2008, and the film picked up speed last summer with rumors swirling that Bale would come on as Noah. Crowe ultimately grabbed the role this past March, and fans of the Black Swan auteur have been awaiting word on further casting since then.