Russell Crowe, Noah

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The animals came two by two, but there's only one man who can play Noah and that's Russell Crowe.

The former Gladiator star unleashed hell quite a bit of facial hair in his role as the titular hero of Darren Aronofsky's big-screen biblical epic. And unlike his memorable Maximus in the 2000 Best Picture winner, Crowe's lastest character isn't out to avenge his family so much as save them.

As Noah, of course, Crowe is tasked with gathering up all of God's creatures and herding them into his famous ark where they'll wait out the Almighty's wrath and a lot of rain for 40 days and 40 nights.

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The miracle of this movie is it getting the greenlight considering the box office failure that was 2007's Steve Carrell comedy Evan Almighty.

But we're pretty sure Crowe and the Black Swan filmmaker have things under control, especially as they're assisted by a cast that includes Russell's old Beautiful Mind costar Jennifer Connelly as Noah's loving wife, Anthony Hopkins as the prophet's grandfather and Ray Winstone, who's set for a turn as the film's villain.

Noah, which is currently in production in Iceland, hits theaters in March 2014.

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