Emma Watson is set to star in Noah, the new feature film from Darren Aronofsky, which stars Russell Crowe as the Biblical ark builder.
Another young Brit, Douglas Booth, recently seen in the BBC's Great Expectations and starring alongside Miley Cyrus in LOL, will play Noah's son Shem, with Emma playing Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with him. Noah’s older son, Ham, will be played by Logan Lerman.
It will be the second joint screen outing for Emma and Logan, who also star together in the upcoming The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.
According to Variety, director Aronofsky spent months courting Dakota Fanning for the part of Ila. Unfortunately, because of a scheduling conflict with Very Good Girls, the actress was forced to pass on the role. While Noah doesn't start filming until August, Fanning would have had to report for work on July 20th to rehearse with the rest of the cast and undergo wardrobe and makeup tests. Very Good Girls starts production around late June/early July, and Fanning wouldn't have wrapped her role in time.
Ray Winstone - known for his hardman roles - is being lined up to play Noah's nemesis in the film, which due to shoot this summer in Iceland and New York.
Emma (represented in the UK by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin) has been busy since graduating from Harry Potter. After last year's My Week With Marilyn, she has recently wrapped on Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. She's currently filming a small role as herself in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's directorial debut The End of the World and will next be seen in Summit's teen drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower.