Hillary Busis
August 10, 2012 AT 07:19 PM EDT

What does it take to build an ark big enough to hold two of every animal? A sharp mind, a sturdy set of hands… and, apparently, a rugged coat made of leather and burlap.

Paramount has just released the first photo of Russell Crowe as the titular character in Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s adaptation of the Old Testament’s soggiest story. (Missed it by that much, Jonah.) The Oscar winner and his worried squint seem like a natural fit for a tale of Biblical proportions — though his getup seems more appropriate for temperate Sherwood Forest than scorching Mesopotamia. Click through for a larger look at Crowe in costume.

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