Upcoming 'Noah' has been banned in several Middle Eastern countries

By Chelsea Lewis ,

The Biblical epic Noah is about to arrive in theaters worldwide, but the film has already been banned in several Middle Eastern countries. Noah is a retelling of the story of Noah's Ark in the Bible.

The Darren Aronofsky project, Noah, has been banned in the Middle East for contradicting Islamic law because the film portrays a prophet.

Late last week, censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates told Paramount they will not be showing the film in those countries, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

In Egypt, the leading Sunni Muslim institute Al-Azhar released a statement to Haaretz, in which he condemned the film and said it should not be shown at all in Egypt.

The studio has announced that they knew the film would be a challenge to be released in these countries, and they were prepared for this type of a response.

Noah is scheduled to open in Egypt on March 26, but that might change due to recent events. The film will open in the United States two days later.

Noah stars Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman, and Ray Winstone.

Watch the trailer for Noah here:

image: Wikimedia Commons



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