BALLYMENA superstar Liam Neeson is in talks to saddle up for new comedy western A Million Ways To Die In The West.Director Seth MacFarlane has already cast Hollywood stars Amanda Seyfried and Charlize Theron.
The Blazing Saddles style film tells the story of “a cowardly farmer seeking the help of a gunslingers wife (Theron) to help him win back the woman who left him” according to production sources.
Actor Seth MacFarlane will play the sheepish farmer Albert who falls for the outlaw’s wife. It is believed Neeson, 60, is on form to play the outlaw who finds himself having to reclaim his wife on return home.Meanwhile Neeson continues to prove he’s the modern action man of choice during filming for his new movie A Walk Among The Tombstones.
Filming began this week on the movie that sees the Northern Ireland star play troubled private investigator Matt Scudder who is hired to find out who kidnapped a dangerous drug lord’s wife.
According to makers of the movie Neeson’s character, an ex-NYPD cop, unlicensed private detective and recovering alcoholic in A Walk Among The Tombstones has “many personal demons to battle as he uncovers shocking crimes in his hunt for the kidnappers”.
Neeson is starring alongside Vampire Diaries star Sebastian Roché, who appears in the film as Yuri Landau, a middle class Russian drug dealer who hires Scudder to help him find the kidnappers.
The film is based on the book of the same name by American crime writer Lawrence Block, and is the second big screen adaption based on his stories about Matt Scudder.
In 1986, Jeff Bridges played the character in 8 Million Ways To Die, which tells the story of how his alcoholism cost him his career and marriage.
Neeson will hit the screens later this year in October as Bill Marks in action thriller Non-Stop and as the voice of Phango in animated adventure Khumba.
By Tina Calder