04/23/2012 08:12 am ET

'Noah': Russell Crowe Officially Confirmed For Darren Aronofsky Movie

Russell Crowe will play Noah in Darren Aronofsky's Noah's Ark movie, fittingly called "Noah." Of course, you're not surprised by this, since Crowe's casting was first reported two months ago. Fortunately, now it's official, with a press release and everything.

"I rejoice that Russell Crowe will be by my side on this adventure," Aronofsky -- who last directed "Black Swan" -- said in a statement. "It's his immense talent that helps me to sleep at night. I look forward to being wowed by him every day."

Crowe's involvement in "Noah" was initially revealed back in February by Deadline.com, and the actor took to Twitter to confirm the news that he was "eyeing" the project. The potential casting was re-confirmed by Deadline.com in March.

Liam Neeson was also rumored to star -- something both Deadline.com and Crowe himself alluded to -- but as yet, the wolf-boxing thespian hasn't been added to the cast.

Production on "Noah" begins this summer. Paramount has set the film for a March 28, 2014 bow.

[via THR]