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Anthony Hopkins portrays Methuselah who is said to have lived to 969-years-old.  (Paramount)

Director Darren Aronofsky‘s (Black Swan) new film has such a short title for such a big story. This is the Noah and his ark.

In the trailer Noah, played by Australian-New Zealand actor Russell Crowe (Les Misérables) is asked by his wife (Jennifer Connelly), “What did he say?” and Noah replies, “He’s going to destroy the world.”

Most people know the story of Noah’s Ark, but if you haven’t, “he” is referring to God. Noah’s grandfather Methuselah, played by Anthony Hopkins, fills us in on the “why” saying, “My father said that one day, if man continued in his ways that the Creator would annihilate this world.”

Noah (Russell Crowe) goes to war to protect his family.
Noah (Russell Crowe) goes to war to protect his family. (Paramount)

The Creator speaks to Noah in his dreams, providing him with warnings but also answers. Noah realizes the destruction cannot be averted and sees “death by water” in his sleep. But, he also sees a new life. The only way to get to this new world is by a vessel, which he builds, to survive the flood. But not everybody can go, including the king.

Emma Watson appears in the trailer briefly as Noah’s adopted child Ila.

Noah’s family is scared but they trust and support him. (Paramount)

We thought we knew the story of Noah, but there is more to it; the tale sounds simplistic but Aronofsky has a new way of telling it. The imagery pulls us in as viewers, having such an impact that the trailer alone gives us goose pimples.

Here’s a look at the first trailer for Noah:

The film is set to be released on March 28, 2014 in the U.S.

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By Brigid Brown