Christian Bale on board to play Noah?

Darren Aronofsky needs a 'big name' for his biblical epic

Black Swan and Requiem For A Dream director Darren Aronofsky is hoping to get Christian Bale on board to play Noah in his big screen adaptation of the bible story.

With a hefty budget of $130m (£80m) Aronofsky will need a big name star in the lead role to help sell the film around the world.

NY Mag reports that Fox, Summit and Paramount are all circling the project.

Earlier this year Christian Bale won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Dicky Eklund in boxing drama The Fighter.

The sports flick was originally due to be directed by Darren Aronofsky who later stepped down for David O. Russell to helm. Aronofsky remained on The Fighter as executive producer.

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Christian Bale will be back as Bruce Wayne/Batman in The Dark Knight Rises due for UK release 20 July 2012.

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