Coming off his mega-hit Black Swan and dropping The Wolverine, we’ve been waiting to see what Darren Aronofsky would be directing next. Earlier this month it looked like he landed on Noah, a fantasy epic that will be a dark re-telling of the famous Biblical story. We now have the first word of a possible lead for the $130 million film.

Vulture reports that Christian Bale is currently in talks with the director about starring as the 600-year-old arkbuilder Noah. Aronofsky was previously attached to The Fighter before David O. Russell took over and crafted an Oscar-winning performance for Bale. This massive “effects-drive” blockbuster definitely needs a big name, and The Dark Knight Rises star is one of the biggest. If anyone can physically transform into someone over 550 years older than what they currently are, it is also him.

As we previously reported, screenwriter John Logan (The Aviator, The Last Samurai, Bond 23, Hugo Cabret) is rewriting the original script by Aronofsky, and so far New Regency is co-financing position with Paramount, Fox, CBS Films, and Summit are all interested in the remainder. For more information, check out our last post which includes images and video from the graphic novel for the film, from Canadian artist Nico Henrichon (who illustrated Brian K. Vaughan‘s Pride Of Baghdad), as well as quotes from Aronofsky.

There is no talk of a production start yet, but check back for more updates on this highly enticing project.

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