Following entirely possible (though wholly tenuous) casting news surrounding Jennifer Connelly and Saoirse Ronan, Deadline reports that Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah has found some players to support Russell Crowe. With this news, it’s been said that Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet) will be appearing as the titular hero’s children; the former has signed to play his oldest son, Ham, while the latter is expected to be seen as the younger offspring, Shem.
It’s fairly safe casting, all things considered, but neither are choices I would ever get up in arms over. In fact, you may recall Lerman showing real chemistry with Crowe in 3:10 to Yuma; the simple opportunity to rekindle that is something I’d like to see fulfilled. Booth, while not one with wide exposure (his biggest role was in LOL), is taking a lead role in Romeo and Juliet, alongside Hailee Steinfeld, and that could be a great proving ground.
This same story alleges that Connelly is, despite any prior confusion, a contender for the role of Naameh, Noah’s wife. (Being a job that would reunite the actress with her Requiem for a Dream director and Beautiful Mind co-star, I wouldn’t count her out for a second.) Other parts, such as a romantic companion to Ham — which I’m pretty sure Ronan would be taking, should that other story be true — and the primary antagonist — a role that Liam Neeson is, sadly, not grabbing — are still being filled. This is bound to be one of the more intriguing parts of Noah‘s pre-production process, and I’m glad to see that things are off to a good start.
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