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Aronofsky: No Noah controversy

Darren Aronofsky has played down talk of a controversy after it was revealed his biblical drama Noah will have a disclaimer saying it is not a literal adaptation.

The film, which stars Russell Crowe in the title role, has drawn controversy over its creative retelling of the Bible story. And Paramount recently responded to an appeal from The National Religious Broadcasters to flag up that the adaptation is not a literal retelling of the Christian tale.

But according to Variety, director Darren has now insisted: "There isn't really a controversy."

He continued: "The controversy is all about the unknown and about the fear of people trying to exploit a Bible story. It will all disappear as soon as people start seeing the film."

Speaking at an art exhibition promoting Noah's release, the filmmaker said the movie was made "for believers and non-believers".

"I'm more concerned about getting non-believers into the theatre or people who are less religious," he said.

"A lot of people are thinking, 'Oh. I don't want to go see a Bible movie', but we completely shook up all expectations and people will see that as soon as they sit down and watch the movie."

Meanwhile, Noah has reportedly been banned in some Middle Eastern countries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter it will not be screened in some countries because it is seen as contradicting Islamic law by portraying a prophet.

The film's all-star cast also includes Sir Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone.

It is due to be released in cinemas on April 4.

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