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Things are starting to get interesting for Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah.' Initially it was reported that the biblical epic from the director of 'Black Swan' would feature Saoirse Ronan ('Hannah') as the young female lead. This apparently fell through so the part was offered to Dakota Fanning. However, Fanning had already accepted a role in the indie film 'Very Good Girls' and could not work out the scheduling. With her passing on the gig, it now looks like the studio is talking to Emma Watson (the Harry Potter franchise) about coming aboard. In addition to Watson, it appears Liev Schreiber may be booking passage on the Ark. He is apparently the frontrunner for the villain, a part once rumored to be going to Liam Neeson. Are they actually casting all these roles two-by-two?
I have to say, as disappointed as I am that Saoirse Ronan will not be playing the young female lead, I'm much happier it will be Emma Watson than Dakota Fanning. Nothing against Fanning really, I just think Watson is the stronger choice and the more adept performer. On top of that, I want to see Watson get more non-Potter work and have her talents recognized for something other than casting spells and battling dark wizards. As to the villain of the film, I guess I assumed the antagonist would be, I don't know, the forty days and nights of rain. But I supposed they do need a human baddie, and I think Schreiber is a great choice. I had somehow missed that Neeson was ever up for the part, but I'm not the biggest fan of villainous Liam; think he works much better as a hero or anti-hero. I've always kind of liked Schrieber, but after his turn in the hockey comedy 'Goon,' I'd say it's graduated to more of a man crush. Hopefully these loose casting moorings will be secured soon and 'Noah' can set sail.
What do you guys think about the potential casting of Watson? Do you think Schreiber could make a worthy opponent for Noah?