Noah director Darren Aronofsky has said he wanted to avoid any clichés that are often present in Bible-based films.
The filmmaker explained to Collider.com, "I definitely wanted to get away from the cliché Bible movie of seeing something with people in robes and sandals, set in Judea. This happened a long time ago, the pre-diluvian world, the pre-flood world, was, in the Bible, something very magical and mythical.
"They talk about angels walking on the planet, they talk about people living for millennium. So I knew I wanted to create a difference place, a different time. I started thinking about different places around the world and something about Iceland made sense because it's the newest land that's been created. It's literally just come up from the ocean, or relatively in geological times."
He continued, "So if you're making something about what happened a long time ago why see ancient earth like Judea, when you can actually go to Iceland where the earth is probably more connected to how it was a long time ago."
Noah is set for release on April 4.