Jennifer Connelly is ready to reteam with her “Beautiful Mind” co-star as she is in negotiations to join Russell Crowe in Paramount and New Regency’s “Noah.”
Darren Aronofsky had been courting the thesp for months, but no official offer had been delivered before Monday. Connelly would join a cast that already includes Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth.
In Aronofsky’s take on the Biblical tale, Noah is a man who loves Earth and all of its animal inhabitants, but has become disillusioned with the way humans have treated their planet. Connelly will play Noah’s wife.
Paramount and New Regency are backing the project, which Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures partner Scott Franklin are producing with Mary Parent. Aronofsky and Ari Handel wrote the script, with John Logan credited with a rewrite.
Pic is scheduled to bow March 28, 2014. Paramount had no comment on the casting.
Connelly had been eyed for this part for some time, even appearing in early table reads before Crowe was even attached.
The CAA and Schiff Company repped Connelly, most recently seen in IFC Films “Salvation Boulevard.”