Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky revealed on his Twitter account today that actor Anthony Hopkins has just signed on to play the role of Methuselah in the upcoming biblical film NOAH. The actor will join previously announced cast members Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Saoirse Ronan, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ray Winstone.
Aronofsky commented on Twitter, "i'm honored to be working with the great sir Anthony Hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of #Noah; #methuselahlives." Methuselah is described as "the world's oldest man mentioned in the Hebrew Bible who according to the story died seven days before the Great Flood."
The movie is currently shooting and is scheduled to be released on March 28, 2014 from Paramount Pictures.
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins is a Welsh actor of film, stage and television. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Actor), its sequel Hannibal, and its prequel Red Dragon. Other prominent film credits include The Lion in Winter, Magic, The Elephant Man, 84 Charing Cross Road, Dracula, Legends of the Fall, The Remains of the Day, Amistad, Nixon, and Fracture. Hopkins was born and brought up in Wales. Retaining his British citizenship, he became a U.S. citizen on 12 April 2000. Hopkins' films have spanned a wide variety of genres, from family films to horror. As well as his Academy Award, Hopkins has also won three BAFTA Awards, two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Cecil B. DeMille Award.
Hopkins was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1993 for services to the arts. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2008.
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