New Noah Preview Features the Villainous Tubal Cain

Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
Photo Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

A new preview for the upcoming film Noah has debuted exclusively through Digital Spy (click through to watch the video). The preview features clips from the movie along with comments from actor Russell Crowe and director Darren Aronofsky.

The central topic is Tubal Cain, a biblical figure portrayed by Ray Winstone who serves as the film’s antagonist. “If there’s a principal nemesis for Noah, it’s Tubal Cain,” says Russell Crowe.

“One thing that the Bible says about him is that he was a forger of weapons who was a descendant of Cain, the first murderer. That seems like a pretty good person to have as a representative of the wickedness of men,” commented Ari Handel, the co-writer and executive producer who also worked with Aronofsky on The Fountain.

The exact verse he is referencing is Genesis 4:22 (the NIV version is presented here): “Zillah also had a son, Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron. Tubal-Cain’s sister was Naamah.” It’s a loose interpretation, but an interesting one that opens many story possibilities. The preview highlights what looks like several battles led by Tubal Cain, at least one of which is directed against Noah and his ark.

“Tubal Cain believes in God, but he believes that God has abandoned us,” says Darren Aronofsky.

This confrontation between faith and doubt, belief in a higher power and belief that humanity must save itself (perhaps by any means necessary) could pan out in any number of ways and seems certain to engage the question of just who controls the fate of humanity.

The film also seems to confront the question of the darkness in human hearts. “Wickedness is not just in them. It’s in all of us,” says Noah, expressing a view that would likely be supported by most people, whatever their beliefs. The struggle with internal darkness has haunted the collective mythology and religion of our species since the dawn of recorded history.

According to the Bible, God saw the evil his creations had descended into and was filled with enough grief to destroy all but Noah and his family. It’s a dark story, and one rich with interpretive opportunities. Aronofsky has proven himself adept at tackling the darkest workings of the human heart, so I’m particularly convinced that this movie has enormous potential.

I, for one, am looking forward to seeing an examination of human evil, judgement, and divine involvement in human affairs. This story is ancient, but it carries no less weight today than it did thousands of years ago. The questions it will raise are still relevant, and I look forward to what will (hopefully) be a great film and (hopefully) some great conversations afterward. After all, isn’t thought and discussion what any good movie should inspire?

Noah will be released on March 28th, 2014 in the US.


Katie LaCour
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