Aronofsky decided to build a real ark for the movie, and to the exact specifications set out in the Bible.
While Aronofsky's film marks the first full-scale epic based on the Noah story, it is by no means the first time showbiz has tackled the tale.
Apart from the Bible, different texts from ancient times, and about looking at archaeological research on Prediluvian human life, were used as source material for this movie.
Noah’s unique look came from the “primordial” Icelandic landscape, where the cast and crew had spent four weeks shooting the pre-flood scenes.
Russell Crowe had to endure special challenges for the role like having to swim in the most dangerous beach in Iceland, and lying naked on the beach after the swim in 31.6° biting cold the whole day.
The ark we saw on set was just a third of the ark we’ve seen in trailers. The other two-thirds were added in post-production.
According to Darren Aronofsky, the animals seen in the film are "slightly tweaked designs of real existing animals." No real animals were used in production at all.
Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were considered for Tubalcain, but Darren Aronofsky wanted for the role "an actor with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Crowe's Noah character", which he found in Ray Winstone.
Darren Aronofsky had been fascinated with the character of Noah since childhood, seeing him as - "A dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor's guilt".
The movie marks the second time that Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly have played husband and wife together, with the first one being 'A Beautiful Mind'.
Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender were offered the role of Noah, but they declined due to scheduling conflicts.
Julianne Moore was considered for the role of Naameh.
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