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Madison Davenport Goes Biblical on ‘Noah’; Adam Clark Raises ‘The Heat’; Mike Vogel Boards ‘Jake Squared’

Written by on August 9, 2012 

Those who follow Darren Aronofsky on Twitter know he’s been rolling on Noah for a couple of weeks so far — I’d suggest those who don’t get his tweets fix that soon — yet a production of this nature is still bound to grow after things get underway. As a result, it’s not too surprising when Deadline reports that Madison Davenport (The Possession, Shameless) will be coming aboard his picture in the role of Na’el.

Biblical scripture tells us the woman — known, in elongated form, as Na’eltama’uk — was wife to Noah’s son, Ham, played here by Logan Lerman. Since a) Na’el is not typically seen as a major component of this story, and b) Davenport is being signed after just about everyone else, I take it the part is not major.

Noah stars Russell Crowe, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, Barry Sloane, Kevin Durand, Marton Csokas, and Dakota Goyo. The release is scheduled for March 28th, 2014.

Their story also informs us of a new signing for Paul Feig‘s The Heat; in that realm, Adam Clark (Public Enemies) will be coming aboard as a drug dealer named Lesoire. The cast he’s been added to is a smattering of comedians and comedic actors — Tony Hale, Bill Burr, Jamie Denbo, Jessica Chaffin, and Michael McDonald — while Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are leading as two law officers trying to prosecute a Russian criminal.

The Heat will open on April 5th, 2013.

There’s one last thing from Variety, who have heard that Mike Vogel (Cloverfield, The Help) is starring with Elias Koteas and Virgina Madsen in the Howard Goldberg-helmed Jake Squared. His role is not filled out in their description, though we’ve now received an updated synopsis; apparently, the project centers on “a filmmaker who makes a movie to figure out how he’s screwed up every relationship he’s ever had.” Having recently watched (and loved) Identification of a Woman, the chance of getting a similar story — if not, in all seriousness, something as masterfully constructed — is what I’d consider a nice prospect.

Is this a wise choice for the Noah team? Have you been following The Heat up to now? Is Jake Squared shaping together in good form?

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