Grimness All Around in First Character Pics from Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah'

June 28th, 2013 12:15pm EDT



Darren Aronofsky, pretty much the director king of weirdly tragic movie heroes at this point, is at it again — this time taking all that signature spirit-spiraling onto twisty Biblical proportions with "Noah."

A first round of character pics for the Old Testament-stemmed drama dropped this week, and they're just as contemplative and broody as you might expect them to be from a movie which has been described as taking place in a "violent, freaky, scary world."

These people, following their voice-hearing, socially-ostracized patriarch, are made to sit back and watch the world drown while trapped in a huge watery prison-slash-refuge filled with animal stank, after all.

Russell Crowe, who portrays the titular ark-craftsman, even went so far as to say recently that he thinks the religious community has the wrong idea about the man who foraged through the big flood and that this movie'll set the scroll record straight in a sense.

"The funny thing with people, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure because he looked after the animals: 'Awww, Noah. Noah and the animals.' It's like, are you kidding me? This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish," he told ET Online. "He's not benevolent. He's not even nice. At one point in the story his son says, 'I thought you were chosen because you were good?' And he goes, 'I was chosen because I can get the job done, mate.'"

In keeping with that attitude, here he is staring off into the murky distance, wielding a knife and otherwise looking upset.

As for the others, well, none of the rest of 'em look too jolly about surviving the storm either.

Here's Jennifer Connelly as Naameh, his wife ...

... and Emma Watson as Ila, who forms a "close relationship" with Noah's boy Shem ...

... plus here's Logan Lerman as Ham ...

... then Anthony Hopkins as the oh-so-ancient Methuselah ...

... and, finally, Ray Winstone as Tubal-cain, Naamah's brother.

Looks creepy and awesome and surprisingly dry.

"Noah" hits theaters on March 28, 2014.

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