Russell Crowe is the new Noah

Posted by    |    August 17th, 2012 at 5:40 am

Russell Crowe stars as the titular Noah. The film, being shot in Iceland and New York, is due in theaters in 2014 (Credit: Paramount Pictures/Niko Tavernise)Noah will be in theaters March 28, 2014Here’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.”

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