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Christian Bale Passes On Noah
Next target? Michael Fassbender

30 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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Christian Bale Passes On Noah

After a long time spent courting their number one choice, sending flowers and special boat-themed presents to Christian Bale, Darren Aronofsky and studio backers Paramount are heartbroken as he’s decided to pass on the lead in Biblical epic Noah. But never fear! For there is a new possibility in the frame! Give us an “F”! Give us an “A”! Give us an “S”… Look, it’ll take far too long to spell his name out that way: it’s Michael Fassbender.

Bale has apparently had to give up the chance to play the boat-building bloke because of his busy schedule, largely dominated by two new Terrence Malick films, Lawless and Knight Of Cups, plus any press he’ll need to do for The Dark Knight Rises.

And while you might think Fassbender would be even more in demand than Sir Good For You, he’s actually only got one active project on his radar right now – another playdate with best pal Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave. He had been looking at real-life spy drama Londongrad, but that has come to a grinding halt now Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt has dropped the project.

So while there’s not even a formal offer in place for Fassbender, he has apparently chatted to Aronofsky about taking on the film, which the director originally co-wrote with Ari Handel. With a freshly polished script in hand courtesy of Hugo's John Logan, Aronofsky hopes to sail the production seas this coming spring.


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RE: Timon do i have to explain everything?
L: Englebertnightingale Charlton Heston died not long ago. He was the head of the American rifle association i.e a pig headed gun toting religious bigot. e may have been fond of the guns, but the man was hardly a bigot. He was a big supporter of the Civil Rights Movement and of Martin Luther King Jr. Hell, during the 60s he was a Democrat and called for tighter gun control measures. Also, Fassbender is Irish-German... I'm just saying. More

Posted by Timon at 12:48 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Fassbender will turn this down
Also, I'd like to add that if they DO stick heavily to the source material I would definitely like to see a film where a 900 year old man tries to round up every animal on the planet. More

Posted by Timon at 12:42 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Fassbender will turn this down
L: Englebertnightingale For the record. I believe that Bale declined this role for the same reason that Fassbender will. This role is a career killer. You will alienate non religious audience members from the get-go. Just like Charlton Heston's career sank without a trace and no-one went to see Ben Hur and The Ten Commandments. Oh wait. More

Posted by Timon at 12:35 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Timon
Kind of like that hack John Huston. The "a rebel" and "renaissance man" of the Hollywood film industry who did The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The African Queen, The Man Who Would Be King, oh and le: In The Beginning.nd he's hardly complementary of religion in his films... I honestly think you're fretting over nothing. If you believe in evolution (which I do), a film about Noah's Ark is hardly going to convert you (or many other people). Plus I honestly doubt it'll More

Posted by Timon at 12:34 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Hey Timon
lem is when biblical stories are turned into films as persuasive arguments in the realm of popular culture. Animals were not delivered by an ark, they evolved.nd they also don't talk, but Disney tells us otherwise. great news. The greek myths needs your support. Let's steal it back from the clutches of myth and resurrect it as the great religion it once was. It shouldn't be too hard as there's a very fine line between religion and myth. A fine line of the denial of rational thinking.o tre More

Posted by Timon at 11:56 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Religious Propaganda
L: Englebertnightingale The very action of making this movie, is propaganda. There was never such an event as ridiculous as Noah and the Ark. There is no evidence for such an event and on the contrary there is evidence to the contrary. I can't believe we think we live in a democracy. This is religious propaganda. I hereby declare to never watch another Aronofsky film. completely agree with this person. After watching Clash of the Titans I went out and burned the nearest religio More

Posted by Timon at 09:20 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Religious Propaganda
Blimey - if everyone thought like that and didn't watch films that weren't based on documented fact the whole movie going experience would be pretty damn boring if you ask me! Whether it's the gospel truth or lies and religious propaganda, the Bible contains some bloody good stories! Personally I'd like to see this. More

Posted by lukeyboy at 09:16 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Religious Propaganda
Well its not that there no evidence for it, its been documented that the actual real life event was probably about King Thiazudra(sp.) who lived about 150miles south of what we now call Bagdhad. During a storm when the water rose by something like 22m, he filled his boat full of his precious goods etc and travelled down the Euphradies to run aground on top a hill etc, safe an sound. So the story has basis, but i agree, its such an awful awful idea for a movie, and i expect it to bomb in the cin More

Posted by Heisenberg at 08:29 on 01 December 2011 | Report This Post

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