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Nolte joins Noah at last minute

Nick Nolte has been added to the cast of Darren Aronofsky's Noah, less than two months before the film is due to be released.

The 72-year-old star will voice Samyaza, the leader of the fallen angels the Nephilim, in the Biblical epic starring Russell Crowe as the hero who builds a giant ark to save his family from the end of the world.

Director Aronofsky revealed on Twitter: "Just added the legend nick nolte as the watcher samyaza in #noah . long live the nephilim! it was an honour" and posted a picture of the Gangster Squad star in a recording booth.

The CGI angel Nephilim is apparently 11ft tall with six arms and no wings.

Mark Margolis - who has appeared in all of Aronofsky's films and who recently starred in Breaking Bad as drug runner Hector 'Tio' Salamanca - had previously been linked to the role.

But the filmmaker added: "mark margolis fans, fear not, mark plays watcher Magog as always...nolte joins mark and frank langella."

Russell Crowe revealed last week that he had already watched a cut of the film. He tweeted: "Saw @DarrenAronofsky #NOAH last night. Powerful piece of cinema. Hit me very hard. Beautiful work Darren."

Jennifer Connelly plays Noah's wife and Ray Winstone stars as Noah's nemesis Tubal-cain, who is determined to destroy the ark. T he cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson and Logan Lerman.

Noah is due to be released in cinemas in the US on March 8, 2014.

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