Darren Aronofsky Talking To Christian Bale About <i>Noah</i>

Darren Aronofsky may be off Wolverine, but talent like his doesn't sit idle for long. He's already in active development on his next effort, Noah, based on the biblical figure who built a giant ark and kept the world's animal population safe while the Almighty offed the wicked human race in a globe-spanning flood. It's been on Aronofsky's slate for a while, but he's in talks now with a big actor who could help sell studios on the big-budget epic: Christian Bale.

Aronofsky wants Bale for the lead Noah role, Vulture reports. The project is reported to carry a $130 million budget and it hasn't been greenlit yet, but securing Bale early would go a long way toward making that happen. Three studios are reportedly in bed on this one, with the Fox-owned New Regency taking point while Paramount and Summit consider lending support. No one on the studio side is making any grand proclamations just yet, however; New Regency president Hutch Parker tells Vulture that "there hasn’t been any change [on the project] since it was last reported."

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