Irish actor Michael Fassbender is in negotiations to replace Christian Bale in Darren Aronofsky's epic biblical tale, Noah, according to trade paper, Variety.

The movie's budget is thought to be huge, with both Paramount and New Regency sharing funding. Aronofsky initially wanted Bale for the role and the recent Oscar winner was apparently keen to star but pulled out due to a scheduling conflict - he's due to star in back-to-back movies for Terence Malick. Fassbender's name instantly came up as a replacement, and the actor has spoken to Aronofsky about the part. The Killarney native was due to begin work on Londongrad right around the same time, but that project has recently stalled, freeing him up to take the part of Noah. 

The ascent of Michael Fassbender is really a spectacular thing, and a well deserved one - I'm writing a story about him every second day. You can see his stunning performance in Shame this January.