April 23, 2014

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Russell Crowe could play Noah in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Darren Aronofsky may have found his Noah.
The “Black Swan” director is mounting a reportedly massive retelling of the Biblical story of Noah and his Ark. And after flirting with Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, the filmmaker is circling around Russell Crowe now as his lead, according to Deadline.
Crowe’s staying incredibly busy with large-scale projects. He’s currently filming scenes for Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot “Man of Steel.” He plans to transition from that to Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” where he’ll play Inspector Javert opposite Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway.
But he’d be ideal for Noah, sure to be a brooding character wracked by self-doubt as he constructs this Ark at God’s request.
Deadline adds that Aronofsky would like Liam Neeson for the other male lead, a doubting character who plagues Noah at every turn, telling people that there’s no need for an Ark and that our protagonist is crazy.
The casting sounds just right. Do you agree? Would you like to see Aronofsky go in a different direction? Share your thoughts below.
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‘The Hangover’s’ Rachael Harris to star in ‘Gates of Eden’

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Susan R. Rodgers (“Dahmer”), founder of Indiana Girl Productions, announced today the casting of Jason Jones (“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”) and Rachael Harris (“The Hangover”) as leads in the satirical comedy, “Gates of Eden.” Both Jones and Harris are represented by United Talent Agency. Lin Shaye (“There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin”) co-stars. The feature-length indie is produced by Rodgers and marks the first film under her Indiana Girl Productions banner. “Gates of Eden” is the theatrical directorial debut of David Morgasen, is written by John Stansifer, and Gina Rugolo is co-producer. Leonard Shapiro, an executive at Echo Bridge Entertainment, serves as a consultant on the film and will oversee worldwide distribution sales. “Gates of Eden” starts production on location in Los Angeles this fall.
“Gates of Eden” is a twisted comedy about life, love and the occasional mountain lion. On the surface, Noah Glasscock (Jason Jones) seems to be living the typical American Dream with his wife Iris (Rachael Harris), two kids, two cars, a job at the mall and a beautiful home in the exclusive gated community of Eden Estates. But the monotony of this existence has begun to take its toll. Struggling to find a new way out of his mid-life crisis, Noah has a revelation when his obnoxious pool guy drowns. Oddly, all the unfavorable people infecting his life befall accidental deaths, which lift Noah’s burdens and create more profound revelations. As the body count rises, the police, the media and especially the neighbors suspect Noah to be a serial killer. In a scathing indictment of society and its need for rules and order, “Gates of Eden” is a skewed look at the daily routine and the impact of progress on the individual, the community and nature as a whole, with side trips into the importance of family, friends and religion.
Said Rodgers, “I’m ecstatic about landing Jason Jones and Rachael Harris as two of our leads. I knew Jason from the ‘The Daily Show,’ but when Dave and I saw him audition we immediately knew he was our Noah. Our first choice for Iris has always been Rachael, who is hilarious and we are thrilled to be working with her. I am confident that putting Dave on set with these two wonderful comedic actors and John’s extraordinary script will create magic.”
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