Less than a week after sources suggested that Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah" was sailing through troubled waters, a trailer for the film has leaked online

Now granted, the quality of this leak is pretty awful, shaky cam and all, but it gives a good sense of the drama Aronofsky is aiming for. From the beginning, the 44-year-old director was adamant that he wasn't setting out to create an overly religious film. 

“I don’t think it’s a very religious story," he told Variety in 2012. "I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film. I want to make a big event film, and I think it can be that.”

Clocking in at a longer-than-usual time of over three minutes, the trailer - which bizarrely states the story of Noah's Ark as "the most remarkable event in our history” - shows Russell Crowe having visions, battling back armed villagers, building his massive boat, and enduring an awesome flood of CGI water over the earth. We even catch a glimpse of the animals brought on to the ark - a shot that ended up being the most complicated SFX in the history of Industrial Light and Magic

“We had to create an entire animal kingdom,” Aronofsky said. “All the animals in the movie are slightly tweaked; I didn’t want the clichéd polar bear, elephant, and lion walking onto the Ark; I didn’t want the shot of a giraffe’s head looking over the rail. I wanted to respect the storyline and think what would have been involved if it all really happened.”

You can check out the leaked trailer - which Paramount Pictures is apparently working hard to remove online - here

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Leaked trailer for Aronofsky's 'Noah' slips online
Starring Russell Crowe, the movie loosely follows the events as detailed in the Book of Genesis.