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Liam Neeson lands lead role in remake of Rupert Wyatt's The Escapist

01.07.2015

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With it being Neeson Season and all, I guess it's only appropriate a new project is in the works starring the actor. It's being reported that Liam Neeson will star in Legendary Pictures' remake of the 2008 prisoner thriller THE ESCAPIST. The original U.K. film was Rupert Wyatt's (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE GAMBLER) directorial debut, and it starred Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes and Dominic Cooper. No director has been announced, but Wyatt is attached to the remake as a producer, and Sean O’Keefe will write the script.

Synopsis:

Frank Perry is an institutionalized convict fourteen years into a life sentence without parole. When his estranged daughter falls ill, he is determined to make peace with her before it's too late. He develops an ingenious escape plan, and recruits a dysfunctional band of escapists - misfits with unique skills required for their daring plan and united by desire to escape their hell hole of an existence.

I haven't seen the Rupert Wyatt film, but it has received solid reviews from critics (it's sitting at 66% over at Rotten Tomatoes) and apparently "Much of the action takes place within the tunnels, sewers and underground rivers of subterranean London."

Liam Neeson running around underground with a bunch of criminals definitely sounds like a fun time to me. Which actors would you like to see team up with Nesson as the "misfits with unique skills"?

Liam Neeson can be seen next in TAKEN 3 on January 9, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Brian Cox's Frank Perry role was specifically written for the actor by Rupert Wyatt.
Source: ColliderIMDB

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