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Although it’s been pretty much a foregone conclusion that Russell Crowe is set to headline Darren Aronofsky’s Noah film for the past two months, Paramount Pictures and New Regency just barely officially confirmed that the star of such Oscar-winning titles as Gladiator and A Beautiful Mind will indeed portray the titular Biblical figure for Aronofsky.

Principal photography gets underway on Noah this July, so as to make a March 2014 theatrical release date. Certain portions of the film will be shot in Iceland – which has also recently provided natural landscapes for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and HBO’s Game of Thrones series – though, a good chunk of production will unfold on sound stages in New York.

Here is the studio-sanctioned logline for Noah (via the official press release):

NOAH is a close adaptation of the Biblical ...

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