Russell Crowe to Star in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’ // ‘Bridesmaids’ Director in Talks for Reese Witherspoon Comedy ‘Wish List’

It’s Official: Russell Crowe to Star in Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’

6:15 PM PDT 4/22/2012 by Philiana Ng
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Paramount will release the retelling of Noah’s Ark on March 28, 2014.

Russell Crowe has officially signed on to star in Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah.

Paramount will release the retelling of the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark on March 28, 2014. The movie will begin production in Iceland and New York in July.

“I’d like to thank Paramount and Regency for backing my team’s work to breathe new life into the biblical epic. I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure. It’s his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day,” said Aronofsky in a statement.

Noah was written by Aronofsky, Ari Handel and John Logan(Hugo). Aronofsky and Scott Franklin of Protozoa Pictures andMary Parent of Disruption Entertainment will produce. Executive producers include Handel, Arnon Milchan and Chris Brigham.

The WME-repped Crowe most recently starred in 2010’s Robin Hood and The Next Three Days. He next appears in Broken City and Man of Steel and is currently filming Les Miserables.

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‘Bridesmaids’ Director in Talks for Reese Witherspoon Comedy ‘Wish List’ (Exclusive)

5:47 PM PDT 4/20/2012 by Borys Kit
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Paul Feig could make the Disney comedy about a woman whose childhood wishes are granted as his follow-up to the hit 2011 Kristen Wiig comedy.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig is in negotiations to come aboard Disney’s comedy fantasy Wish List.

Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in the project, which Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray of Mayhem Pictures are producing. The story centers on a career-oriented woman whose perfectly tailored life is thrown for a loop when all the wishes she made as a child are suddenly granted.

Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, the writers behind the international animation hit Kung Fu Panda 2, penned the script for the project, which initially was set up in 2001 as a vehicle for a male comedy star.

Before Bridesmaids, Feig was best known for creating the short-lived but passionately loved TV show Freaks and Geeks. The 2011 Universal comedy starring Kristen Wiig made him an A-list comedy director, but while he’s attached himself to a couple of projects, he has yet to make another film.

Feig, repped by CAA and Sloane Offer, was scheduled to shoot a Bridget Jones sequel but left in the fall due to creative differences. He remains attached to a Universal rom-com titled The Better Woman.

Wish List, with Witherspoon attached and a studio hungry to get movies into production, could end up being his next movie.

E-mail: Borys.Kit@thr.com

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