He may've turned 61 this year, but Liam Neeson remains as vigilant as ever when it comes to playing action heroes onscreen. The Oscar-nominee returns to theaters in early 2014 with Non-Stop, which is a single-setting thriller (set aboard a mid-flight airplane) that pits Neeson against a criminal madman who threatens to harm the passengers onboard (that's what you get for flying Frontier...).
Non-Stop was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, who previously collaborated alongside Neeson on the Hitchcockian mystery/thriller Unknown. The pair have clearly established a good working relationship, as they've now started production on a third film together: the drama/thriller Run All Night, which is shooting in and around New York City.
Warner Bros. has confirmed the start of principal photography on Run All Night, with Neeson headlining alongside Oscar-nominee Ed Harris (Gravity) and fan-favorite Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop (2014)) playing key supporting roles in the film. Here is the film's official synopsis, based on the original screen story conceived by screenwriter Brad Ingelsby:
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective who's been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy's only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy's estranged son, Mike (Kinnaman), becomes a target, Jimmy must make a choice between the crime family he chose and the real family he abandoned long ago. With Mike on the run, Jimmy's only penance for his past mistakes may be to keep his son from the same fate Jimmy is certain he'll face himself…at the wrong end of a gun. Now, with nowhere safe to turn, Jimmy just has one night to figure out exactly where his loyalties lie and to see if he can finally make things right.
Rounding out the supporting cast for Run All Night are Oscar-nominee Nick Nolte (Gangster Squad), Vincent D'Onofrio (Escape Plan), Boyd Holbrook (The Host), Genesis Rodriguez (The Last Stand) and Patricia Kalember (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit). In addition, some of the noteworthy behind the scenes talent working on the project include producer Roy Lee (Oldboy (2013)), director of photography Martin Ruhe (The American), production designer Sharon Seymour (Argo) and two-time Oscar-nominated editor Craig McKay (Europa Report).
Ingelsby also co-wrote the upcoming awards season-friendly gritty drama/thriller Out of the Furnace, so that is probably a reliable indicator that Run All Night be heavier on the emotional intensity and weightiness (not so much "thrills"). Neeson is more than capable of bringing authentic world-weariness to the ruminative professional killer/mobster protagonist in the film (think a cross between Neeson in The Grey and Taken 1 & 2) - which bodes well for the final product.
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Run All Night doesn't have an official release date yet - we'll let you know when that changes.
Source: Warner Bros.