Ever since starring in 2008’s surprise box office hit Taken, Liam Neeson has literally taken the action scene by storm and cemented himself as a bankable, in-demand star. Joining the ranks of Bruce Willis, Sylvester Stallone, and Jason Statham, it’s a wonder he has yet to be inducted into the Expendables franchise.
Nonetheless, the Oscar-nominated actor has kept his hands–or fists–busy exploring other projects and contending with the dangerous likes of wolves (The Grey), aliens (Battleship), and ruthless kidnappers (A Walk Among the Tombstones). And next year, he could face off against a sinister terrorist looking to attack the United States. Don’t worry, though; it wouldn’t be Neeson’s first time saving the country.
Marc Brutan of MadRiver Pictures recently announced that Neeson is in final negotiations to star in A Willing Patriot, to be directed by Martin Zandvliet (A Funny Man).
In the film, Neeson will portray the titular ‘Patriot’, a CIA agent who engages in an elaborate and deadly cat-and-mouse game with a terrorist planning an imminent attack. To stop the threat and avenge his mysterious past, Neeson’s character will risk everything, including his own life.
While making the announcement today, Marc Brutan commented:
“Liam Neeson is one of the defining actors of our generation and audiences will love him in this role. After seeing Martin’s new film Land Of Mine, we know he was an incredible storyteller and the perfect match to collaborate with Liam.”
No stranger to cat-and-mouse games or risking his own life, Neeson will undoubtedly do the role justice with his signature growl and grimace. Though the premise itself feels a bit too tried-and-true, the film certainly promises to be a fun, popcorn-flick with explosions, lethal stakes, and hopefully, a few more classic Neeson lines (i.e. “I will find you and I will kill you”).
Despite the dangerously repetitive and stagnant trend many other action stars fall into – typecasting – Neeson has not allowed himself to be confined by a singular genre. Rather, with his upcoming role as a priest in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-bait drama, Silence, and his recent, more colorful voice work in The Lego Movie, he has proven himself an incredibly versatile and impressive talent.
Though we’d be lying if we said his
best most enjoyable work doesn’t involve pummeling a few baddies and saving a few lives along the way.
A Willing Patriot is slated for a 2016 release date. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for future updates.
Source: Marc Brutan.