Thesp negotiating to set sail with Aronofsky epic

After being courted for months, Russell Crowe is in negotiations to play the title character in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic “Noah.”

Previous reports indicated that Aronofsky was eyeing Crowe for the role, while the actor teased his Twitter followers that he was eyeing Aronofsky right back. Now both sides are actively working on a deal that would find Crowe boarding the ark for a July shoot.

Paramount and New Regency back 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.

In Aronofsky’s take on the Bible 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.

Coming off of a supporting role as Superman’s biological father in WB’s “Man of Steel,” the WME-repped Crowe finds himself in high demand. The thesp is in talks for a supporting role as the villain in Akiva Goldsman’s feature directorial debut “Winter’s Tale.”

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