Noah will be in theaters March 28, 2014. Here’s what we know so far: Russell Crowe is Noah; Anthony Hopkins is Methuselah; Jennifer Connelly is Noah’s wife, Naameh. Emma Watson plays his adopted daughter, Ila; Ray Winstone is his arch-enemy Tubal-Cain; and Shem and Ham have been cast as well.
This news is both good and bad. Let’s start with the bad: Hollywood will once again tell an unbiblical story about a biblical hero.
The Bible nowhere names Noah’s wife or gives him an adopted daughter. Noah’s third son, Japheth (Genesis 5:32), has apparently been left out of the story. Nor does the Bible say that Noah had an “arch-enemy,” much less his brother (or half-brother) Tubal-Cain (Genesis 4:22; 5:28-29). We do know that Tubal-Cain “forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron” (Genesis 4:22), so he presumably could have made some serious trouble for Noah. On the other hand, he could have been a handy helper as well. And Naamah was Tubal-Cain’s sister, making her Noah’s sister (or half-sister) as well as his “wife.”