Daily Blam has the first image of actor Russell Crowe as Noah, from Darren Aronofsky's adaptation of the legendary Biblical tale, "Noah." The Australian performer plays what Aronofsky refers to as a darker character, tragic in that he suffers from survivor's guilt after the flood written about in The Bible.

"Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk," he said to The Guardian back in 2007. "It's there in the Bible - it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor's guilt going on there. He's a dark, complicated character."

Aronofsky has been obsessed with the character since he was a teenager, when he won an award for writing a short poem about seeing the world through Noah's eyes, post-flood. The director is known for tackling dark subject matter with horror/thriller "Black Swan" and tortured-soul piece "The Wrestler" already to his credit. At one point, he was considered by Warner Brothers to bring Batman back to the big screen, but his version was intensely dark, with the famous DC Comics hero using low-tech gadgetry to fight crime and corruption.

"Noah" also stars Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins and Ray Winstone. The film releases on March 28, 2014. Aronofsky is a huge fan of the subject matter, as it strikes a chord with him, "It's the essence of the film for me," he says. "New life emerging from old."