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Russell Crowe, Emma Watson Get Biblical in Noah Trailer (watch!)

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Russell Crowe stars as Noah in a retelling of the Biblical classic with Emma Watson and Logan Lehrman.

Russell Crowe stars as Noah in a retelling of the Biblical classic with Emma Watson and Logan Lehrman.

Russell Crowe gives a Biblical performance akin to Charlton Heston in a new trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s take on the epic saga of Noah’s Ark. Crowe is backed by an all-star cast that includes Emma Watson, but Anthony Hopkins looks like a scene stealer as Noah’s grandfather.

Whether Crowe fits the Biblical depiction of Noah might be subject to debate.

After all, Noah was 600 years old around the time of the flood, according to the Book of Genesis, which tells the story. Crowe, on the other hand, looks like a burly version of the gladiator.

Be that as it may, the trailer suggests that Aronofsky is treating the subject matter with the same reverence that Cecil B. DeMille gave to his 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments,” which starred Heston as Moses and Yul Brynner as Rameses I.

In the trailer, Crowe’s Noah is given to making prophetic statements with a stern visage. “A great flood is coming; we build a vessel to survive the storm,” he says in a kind of halting Bible-speak.

Ray Winstone looks suitably vain as Noah’s nemesis, Tubal-cain. As the story goes, Noah is cast out of his village after warning fellow citizens to change their ways or feel the wrath of God.

While living in isolation with his wife fetching (in this case) wife Naameh, played by Jennifer Connelly, and children played by Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, he’s commanded by God to build an ark to save the chosen few from destruction.

Noah gets the task because of his righteousness in the face of the wicked townsfolk. Since the story is well known, the movie is all in the telling.

It looks like Aronofsky uses special effects to his advantage; the scenes in the trailer look spectacular.

Check out both the domestic and international trailer below, let us know your thoughts and follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest movie news.

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