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Casting Watch: Hopkins Boards ‘Noah,’ Hoffman for ‘Catching Fire’ Game Maker & Fassbender’s ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Casting Watch: Hopkins Boards 'Noah,' Hoffman for 'Catching Fire' Game Maker & Fassbender's 'Assassin's Creed'

Anthony Hopkins has boarded Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.” The veteran actor will play Methuselah across from Russell Crowe’s Noah, as well as Ray Winstone, Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Jennifer Connolly and Douglas Booth. ThePlaylist caught the casting news via Aronofsky’s Twitter: i’m honored to be working with the great sir anthony hopkins. we just added him to the stellar cast of ‪#Noah‬. ‪#methuselahlives‬.” ThePlaylist explains the character: “While he’s actually only mentioned once in the Bible, in the the Book Of Enoch, his father tells him of the impending flood, and Methuselah works with his grandson Noah to try and convince the people of Earth to return to a life of godliness to avoid God’s wrath. Methuselah sees through the completion of the ark, but died seven days before the flood, with God having promised him he would not die with the unrighteous.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman is following Jena Malone to “Catching Fire,” where he’ll play Plutarch Heavensbee. Lionsgate now confirms the news that was previously announced by E! News. Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker (replacing Seneca Crane, played by Wes Bentley in “The Hunger Games”). The film kicks off production this fall with director Francis Lawrence, star Jennifer Lawrence & company. In the meantime, check out Hoffman in this teaser for Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master.” Still uncast in “Catching Fire” is Finnick Odair.

Michael Fassbender is set to star and produce a big screen adaptation of the “Assassin’s Creed” video games, which were first introduced to gamers in 2007. The central character of the game is Desmond Miles, a bartender who is kidnapped and forced by a corporation to use the Animus machine to relive memories of his ancestor, Altair, who was an assassin during the Crusades in the middle east. Follow-up games place him in 14th century Italy and colonial America at the end of the 18th century. ThePlaylist has more details on the Ubisoft game and their plans to set the potential franchise up at a studio now that they’ve landed one of the hottest actors in town.

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