Pope Reportedly Nixes Meeting with Noah Director and Russell Crowe

According to Variety, Pope Francis has cancelled a meeting with the makers of blockbuster film Noah, including director Darren Aronofsky and star actor Russell Crowe.

The tentative meeting was never confirmed, Variety reports, but it would have taken this Wednesday morning in a restricted area of the Vatican. Sources allege that the papal meeting was canceled over concerns that “word would leak, causing a spectacle as Crowe and Aronofsky landed in Rome.”

Studio executives had reportedly hoped to use the meeting for a photo opportunity in order to boost the film’s image before its March 28 release. Noah has been dogged by criticism from religious groups of all stripes: Several Muslim countries have banned the film; and, in America, fundamentalist Christian groups have blasted the movie for not treating the story as literally as the Bible.

UPDATE: The studio, of course, denies the story.

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