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Over the last couple of months, the web has been flooded with news about the ever-changing casting process for Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic 'Noah.' First it looked like Liam Neeson was going to land the part, but then just last week the discussion moved to Liev Schreiber. Now, it looks as if the tides have changed again. An offer has been made to actor Ray Winstone ('The Departed') to be the film's chief bad guy. Apparently, Aronofsky wanted an actor with grit and imposing physicality to offer an adequate foe for Russell Crowe. Negotiations are currently underway.
Wow. I remember when we first heard that Aronofsky was making a Noah's Ark movie, and how oddball the choice seemed. At that point, I never would have expected that the real epic quest would have been finding a villain. It's important to note here that we can't take it for granted that Winstone will be playing the villain. Each time one of these stories broke, another player was in contention for the role but a few days later. That being said, if Liev Schreiber is truly out of the running, I am quite disappointed. Again, I really loved him in 'Goon' and wanted to see he and Noah go toe-to-toe as he did with Seann William Scott in Michael Dowse's exemplary hockey comedy. As to Winstone, I will say the guy is a certified badass and I know he could easily take on this part. He was scary good in 'The Departed,' and I would also highly recommend a 2000 film he did with Sir Ben Kingsley called 'Sexy Beast.' If he ends up winning out, I'm sure 'Noah' will benefit.
What do you guys think? How about Winstone for the villain? Will Aronofsky ever find a port in this casting storm?