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The numbers behind next year's Biblical epic Noah

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Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Noah is set to be one of next year's biggest films. To find out why, we crunch the numbers on the forthcoming Biblical epic.

$130 million...

... Is the estimated cost of the movie. It's quite a staggering amount but understandable when one considers the prevalance of CGI (reportedly, all of the animals on the Ark are computer creations), big name stars and sheer logistics of shooting on location.

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... Countries that the film was shot in. The bulk of photography took place in Iceland with the striking volcanic country acting as the the breathtaking Biblical landscape. The film was also partially shot in America - in October 2012, shooting in upstate New York was disrupted when Hurricane Sandy blew through. Additional photography also took place in Mexico.

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Oscars accumulated between the principal actors. Lead Russell Crowe (who plays Noah) of course won for playing Maximus in swords and sandals smash Gladiator (2000); Jennifer Connelly (Noah's wife Naameh) scooped one for playing Alice Nash in 2001's A Beautiful Mind (coincidentally, also opposite Crowe); and Hopkins was awarded for his iconic turn as refined serial killer Hannibal Lecter in classic thriller The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

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... Brits in the cast. Welshman Anthony Hopkins plays wise old Methuselah (said to be the oldest person in the Bible). Meanwhile, Cockney hardman Ray Winstone plays Noah's nemesis, Tubal-Cain. The younger generation are represented by former Harry Potter star Emma Watson as Noah's daughter Ila and Romeo and Juliet heartthrob Douglas Booth plays one of Noah's sons, Shem,

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... Previous feature films directed by Darren Aronofsky. He first garnered attention with his low-budget oddity Pi in 1998. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, specialising in bold, controversial movies, from drug drama Requiem for a Dream in 2000 to ambitious, era-spanning sci-fi The Fountain starring Hugh Jackman. In 2008, he helped resurrect Mickey Rourke's career in The Wrestler and most recently, directed Natalie Portman to an Oscar with the stylish and sensational Black Swan in 2011.