With Bale Out, Will <i>Noah's</i> Sandals Be Filled By Michael Fassbender?

Christian Bale, who was widely reported to be director Darren Aronofsky's top choice to play the biblical boatsman in Noah, is officially off the ark.

With Bale out of the picture, Variety reports that Aronofsky now has his sights set on Michael Fassbender, who played Magneto in X-Men: First Class and has starring roles in Shame, Haywire and Prometheus. Notoriously selective when it comes to his roles, Fassbender has yet to be officially offered the part. However, with the delay of Londongrad, the actor now has some free time.

Noah is a dramatic interpretation of the life and times of the man who, according to the Bible, helped save the world by collecting two of every animal in an ark before a great flood.

"It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen,” Aronofsky said when Paramount Pictures gave the film the green light in October. As the story goes, Noah was mocked and ridiculed by his neighbors as he built a huge boat in the middle of the desert, but his faith in God kept him focused.

The screenplay was originally written by the director and Ari Handel (The Fountain), with Gladiator, Skyfall and Hugo screenwriter John Logan later taking a pass. Shooting is expected to begin in the spring.

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