Pope Francis cancels meeting with Noah team

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2014
Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Pope Francis has cancelled a meeting with the creative team behind 'Noah', including Rob Moore, director Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe

Pope Francis has cancelled a meeting with the creative team behind 'Noah'.

Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, director Darren Aronofsky and Hollywood star Russell Crowe were hoping to to schedule a photo-op with leader of the Catholic Church.

The meeting was set for 8.30 am on Wednesday (19.03.14) so the pope could lend a blessing to the biblical epic, which is based on the story of Noah's Ark from The Book Of Genesis, prior to the US release at the end of March.

Sources told Variety.com, the Vatican cancelled the meeting "over concerns word would leak, causing a spectacle as Crowe and Aronofsky landed in Rome."

Crowe previously reached out to Francis on Twitter, urging him to watch the movie which contains a "powerful , fascinating" message.

He wrote: "Dear Holy Father @Pontifex @Pontifex_it @DarrenAronofsky #Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant (sic)"

'Noah' has an all-star cast including Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins.


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Darren Aronofsky
  • Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone
  • UK release: 4 April 2014

The story of the ark-building biblical patriarch Noah (Crowe), who in this version believes that God intends the flood as a human genocide. Director Aronofsky crafts an intense conflict between Noah and his own family, making for a compellingly weird and occasionally wonderful story.

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