Though Christian Bale's name was originally associated with Darren Aronofsky's upcoming biblical epic, Noah, Variety reports that the star has passed on the project and that Michael Fassbender is now being eyed to play the ark-builder.
"Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family's journey," Aronofsky recently announced when Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions stepped in to jointly fund the feature. "The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It's my hope that I can present a window into Noah's passion and perseverance for the silver screen."
Fassbender appeared this year in Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class and A Dangerous Method with his next, Shame, opening this Friday. Next year, he'll appear in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire and Ridley Scott's Prometheus. After that's, he's set to re-team with Shame and Hunger director Steve McQueen for 12 Years a Slave and will likely return at some point for an as-of-yet-untitled X-Men: First Class sequel.