Debut footage of Darren Aronofsky's Noah (slated for release March 2014) has been premiered at a Christian arts festival known as Echo Hub in Texas.

Before the footage was shown, Aronofsky treated audiences to a video introduction explaining why he holds the story of Noah so close to his heart, describing him as 'a patron saint" who leads him toward his "creative endeavours." Aronofsky first mentioned the project almost sevent years ago to The Guardian explaining to them that he sees Noah as a "complicated character" whom deals with "real survivor's guilt," which sounds like Aronofsky is still flirting with the more aphotic aspects of his artistic personality, something we've grown accustomed to over the years.

Aronofsky also mentioned that he didn't wish to stray too far away from the words of the Bible when it came to filming, echoing what producer Scott Franklin said about how it "didn't really deviate from the bible." Between Aronofsky's admiration of Noah and attempting to actualise the story with as little creative aberration as possible, it seems that the Echo Hub was the ideal location to unveil footage.

Alas, it could have turned sour, but initial reports suggest the film was met with positivity, with the general consensus being that it was 'amazing'; which should hopefully ease any of Aronofsky's worries. It's been almost a decade since cinema engaged with another significant moment in the Christian faith. Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ divided opinion but performed impressively at the box office, hopefully Noah can appease both demographics of church attending spectators and avid film fans wanting a destructive kick without any of the controversy that surrounded Gibson's "epic".

Russell Crowe is to star as Noah, with Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Emma Watson being bought on board (no pun intended) to add serious and respectable star weight to the project.