Director Darren Aronofsky has revealed, via his Twitter account, that Anthony Hopkins has joined Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson in his epically-scaled retelling of the biblical story ‘Noah,’ playing Methuselah. At this moment in time I’m not quite sure how much Aronofsky’s Noah story deviates from the Biblical story. If the filmmaker is basing Methuselah on the Biblical version of events, he’s the oldest person whose age is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible. Extra-biblical tradition maintains that he died at the age of 969, seven days before the beginning of the Great Flood. According to Rashion Genesis 7:4, God delayed the Flood specifically because of the seven days of mourning in honor of the righteous Methuselah. Methuselah was the son of Enoch and the grandfather of Noah.

In ‘Noah,’ Ray Winstone is set to play the role of the nemesis to Russell Crowe’s titular character. Emma Watson plays Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem. That role will be played by Douglas Booth, with Logan Lerman playing Noah’s other son, Ham. Jennifer Connelly plays Noah’s wife, Naameh. Scheduled for a March 28th, 2014 release date, the synopsis for Aronofsky’s film is as follows: “NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In a world ravaged by human sin, Noah is given a divine mission: to build an Ark to save creation from the coming flood.”

I’ve got extremely high hopes for this film, this project has been one Aronofsky’s been developing since his teens. The premise and sheer ambition of ‘Noah’ has me stoked. Aronofsky is the man behind some of my favourite films of the last twelve years in ‘The Wrestler,’ ‘The Fountain,’ ‘Requiem for a Dream,’ ‘Pi’ and ‘Black Swan’ – fingers crossed ‘Noah’ adds to that list. Expect further casting details soon. John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) is set to rewrite the script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel, while Aronofsky and Scott Franklin will produce the film. ‘Noah’ is Aronofsky’s follow up effort to the Oscar-nominated and hugely profitable ‘Black Swan,’ which grossed $315 million worldwide on a $12 million budget. Talking about the project, Aronofsky has had the following to say: “Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen.”