Sad news today for Jiroemon Kimura, the oldest man in the world. Despite being the closest qualified to play the 600-year-old Noah (of Ark), the supercentenarian will not see his dream of acting for Darren Aronofsky come true. According to Vulture, that honor very well may go to the much, much younger Christian Bale.

Fortunately, Aronofsky is in talks with one of the few actors working today that could actually find a way to become 600 years old. No doubt it would involve losing 40 pounds, growing a formidable white beard, and giving himself diabetes.

Of course this addition would help out on the business side of things (if you care about that), but more importantly, it would combine a hell of an actor with a hall of a director. Two men willing to take chances, working on a Biblical epic where the last antediluvian patriarch, with a direct line to God, builds a giant vessel and marches two of every animal on board.

Who says creativity is dead? Here’s hoping that Bale takes the role. He was looking too healthy and normal anyway.

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