Christian Bale Wanted for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

The director is rebooting the popular biblical tale of Noah’s Ark for modern audiences, and he hopes having Christian Bale signed will secure financing.

Christian Bale wanted for Darren Aronofsky's Noah
Christian Bale wanted for Darren Aronofsky's Noah
Having bailed on The Wolverine, director Darren Aronofsky is hoping to make Noah his next film, an updated retelling of the biblical story of Noah's Ark. And he now has his eyes trained on Christian Bale for the six-hundred-year-old title character.

The director is hoping to sign Christian Bale to the $130 apocalyptic thriller about a man filling a boat with two of every species before an earth destroying flood wipes out mankind, to lure in a financer for this epic undertaking.

Noah is currently set up at the 20th Century Fox-based New Regency, but the movie's massive budget means that another studio needs to jump in and handle some of the production costs. Having Christian Bale committed to Noah will add that extra incentive to get a partner involved.

Paramount, Summit, and 20th Century Fox are all currently interested in co-financing the project with New Regency. There is no set production start date being eyed at this time.

Noah was released March 28th, 2014 and stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Nick Nolte. The film is directed by Darren Aronofsky.

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Comments (38)

  1. Mr_Jellyfish

    So will this be the story of a megalomaniac deity who kills millions of people, because they don't worship him in the way he feels entitled?

    4 years agoby @mr-jellyfishFlag

  2. Dan

    @themime lol...

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  3. TheMime

    @ejk1 300 uh?..... The Mime can imagine Noah going....."Animals, what is your profession?"...

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  4. skywise

    @diaigma ROFL very witty

    4 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. Diaigma

    No one better mess with the lighting in THIS production :P

    4 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  6. Cripple

    Hell yes. He would be perfect for this.

    4 years agoby @crippleFlag

  7. Nautical

    I can see this. Hes a great director im sure it will turn out fantastic anyway.

    4 years agoby @nautical05Flag

  8. the Narrator

    Smart financial move. Not only will Bale bring in a possible financier, but he'd also secure a decent chunk of audiences who previously were unaware or uninterested in this project. Hope this goes through, for Aronofsky's sake.

    4 years agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Dan

    @ejk1 That's fine with me.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. ejk1

    Remember something guys. This isn't based on the Bible, but rather the graphic novel that came out a few years ago. That's not to say it will be blasphemous, but you may want to think of this as a more sophisticated 300.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. ZanyZap

    @themime: I read that prophesy too. Along with: "If your ark begins to sink, Bale: that is your best option."

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  12. TheMime

    a prophecy said "if you want to make a NOAH movie, get a Christian".........never knew what that meant until now..... =]

    4 years agoby @themimeFlag

  13. K-Man

    I think this movie is going to be amazing either way......but I think they can find better.

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  14. Dan

    @zanyzap As a proud Christian man, I was moved by his performance. Even though he was going through the motions with a story most of us are intimately familiar with, he did it with conviction and heart. I liked the playfulness he had with Mary in a flashback, showing his more human side, and of course the last supper speech. I believed and felt for him when he had his moment of doubt on the cross near the end. And when he was resurrected, he had the resolution on his face of someone with a higher calling, being very fitting, of course. Gibson got a lot out of him.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. ZanyZap

    @dan1: Agreed. JC (not Jesus Christ, but the dude who played him) is a very underrated actor, but that's probably because other than the Passion, his other movies have not been anything special. His acting was phenomenal. I'm still pissed that the Passion didn't receive any big nominations. Best Picture? Best Director? Um... old f*cks, Best Actor? At least Jim got an MTV movie award. :P

    I support Bale in just about any movie and will happily watch him in just about any movie; well, I probably wouldn't watch him in a gay porno, but whatever.

    4 years agoby @zanyzapFlag

  16. Pjwolsker

    this will be awesome!!!

    4 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  17. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Oh. Lol. Great title.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Mary, Mother of Jesus

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus What movie was that?

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @dan1@thedude-abides Funny how Bale also portrayed Jesus in a movie back in 99

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  21. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus When they got Jesus with the Cat o nine tails, and it stuck in his side and flesh got torn out, I was like "Jesus!", which I guess was fitting lol

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides The whole brutal torture was what I loved about the Passion. I said "Cool" during that scene in my religion class. Lets just say my friends thought I was an insensitive prick

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. Mka47


    4 years agoby @mka47Flag

  24. Dan

    @thedude-abides Life WAS brutal back then. Though the extra squishy noises when the nails were being driven into Caviezal's hands was a bit much lol, I didn't think it was excessive. Prob right on point.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  25. Nicholaus XX

    A great director wants a great actor in his film, I only see goodness in this.

    4 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  26. thedude-abides

    @HARD-y Oh. Lol.

    @dan1 Yeah, I thought it was a bit hard to watch simply because of the brutality. But, I thought it was a very good movie.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  27. HARD-y

    @thedude-abides Jeremy Davies

    4 years agoby @HARD-yFlag

  28. Dan

    @thedude-abides I'm one of the few who absolutely loved Gibson's Passion.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. thedude-abides

    @HARD-y Yeah, isn't that Steve Zahn?

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  30. thedude-abides

    @dan1 I think that's why people are going to be skeptical of this. It's the way Aronofsky is going to be interpreting the story that's going to send people into an uproar. But, then again, even Gibson's accurate approach didn't please none too many either.

    4 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

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