Actors might want to bring raincoats and boots to the set of "Noah" this summer, as director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan") prepares to bring his epic retelling of the Bible story of Noah's Ark and the great flood to the big screen. Grant Wilfley Casting is holding an open call for background for the film, which begins shooting in the New York area in August.
Russell Crowe stars in the title role of a man instructed by God to build an ark and save his family – and two of each animal – from the impending flood. The cast also includes Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth, and Emma Watson. Ray Winstone and Jennifer Connelly have reportedly been offered roles in the film, as well.
Background casting director Jennifer Sabel is casting men and women with toned and slender "runners' bodies" to be extras in the film. But of course, because you can't have a flood of biblical proportions without 40 days and nights of rain, the casting director notes that "talent must be willing to work at night in the rain."
Open call auditions will be held Friday, June 29 in New York City. SAG-AFTRA members will be seen first, followed by nonunion actors. For more information and audition details, view the full casting notice online at BackStage.com. (Subscription required.) Extras must be 18 or older and can be any ethnicity. No experience necessary.
Sabel is an extras casting director whose previous credits include the feature films "The Dictator," "Black Swan," "Sex and the City 2," and more, as well as TV projects such as "Mildred Pierce" and "Royal Pains."
Back Stage also reported in March that casting directors Mary Vernieu and Lindsay Graham are casting principal roles for "Noah," which is scheduled to be released in March 2014. Aronofsky is co-writing "Noah" with John Logan ("Hugo," "Coriolanus," "Gladiator"). In addition to scenes being filmed in New York, production is scheduled to begin in Iceland in July.
Daniel Lehman is a staff writer at Back Stage. Follow him on Twitter: @byDanLehman