Liam Neeson Back in Action as ‘A Willing Patriot’ 0 30

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He ran the road very much Taken three times, his path was Unknown, his world turned Grey for a little while, he saved the day Non-Stop, he took A Walk Among the Tombstones and just this year decided to Run All Night. Now Liam Neeson is back in action once more for a new action-thriller.

Deadline reports that Neeson is in final talks to star in A Willing Patriot, a high stakes film about a CIA agent who tries to outsmart and capture a terrorist who is planning an attack. Other sites like Coming Soon and The Hollywood Reporter add details to that plot, including that the character goes to South America to foil the terrorist from there and that it will be a cat-and-mouse game in which Neeson’s character will risk his life and his family “stop his foe and avenge his past.”

The film is being directed by Martin Zandvliet – whose films include the critically acclaimed Danish dramas Applause, A Funny Man and the upcoming war movie Land of Mine – for MadRiver Pictures, Film 360 and Hollywood. The script is written by Jason Keller, who previously wrote the likes of Machine Gun Preacher, Mirror Mirror and Escape Plan.

MadRiver’s Marc Butan had this to say about the project:

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 knew he was an incredible storyteller and the perfect match to collaborate with Liam.

It’s the sort of role Neeson could play in his sleep by now but here’s hoping it’s more in line with A Walk Among the Tombstones than Taken 3. The actor is currently filming Martin Scorsese’s Silence and will next be seen in this summer’s Ted 2 and Entourage.

Source: Deadline, Coming Soon, THR

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I have a passion for all types of cinema, and have a particular love for foreign language film, especially South Korean and Japanese cinema. Favourite films include The Big Lebowski, Pulp Fiction and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Producing Volkswagen Scandal Movie 0 55

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Wow, talk about things moving fast in Hollywood!

It may have only been a few weeks since the scandal erupted around the Volkswagen fuel emissions cheating but there’s already a movie in the works. DiCaprio is on board to produce the film alongside Jennifer Davisson through his Appian Way company.

There’s no mention of stars, writer or director yet – one might assume that DiCaprio might star himself but he’s a known environmentalist who has produced these types of themed films before (the climate change documentary The 11th Hour chief among them) so it wouldn’t surprise me if he kept himself strictly as a producer for this one, too.

Paramount is the studio behind the movie, having nabbed the presumably sought-after rights to the upcoming book by Jack Ewing. Variety has the details on what it exposes:

“…The company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn on the emissions control to cheat the test and meet EPA standards. During normal driving conditions, emission control software was shut off  — resulting in as much as 40 times more pollution than allowed by law. Volkswagen is currently facing up to $18 billion in fines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves it’s a true story and, more specifically, a controversial one. Getting this one made and out in the world will be crucial for it to feel relevant to audiences. DiCaprio being attached can’t exactly hurt its box office chances.

The actor will next be seen in the amazing-looking The Revenant.

Source: Variety

Watch: Incredible New Trailer for ‘The Revenant’ 0 94

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We don’t usually post trailers individually – saving them for the Trailer Watch – but this one was just too good to pass up.

The Revenant is the new film from acclaimed director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who most recently won an Oscar for Birdman. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter in a tale of a forntierman in 1820 who sets out on a path of vengeance who left him for dead after a bear mauling.

We already had one amazing teaser trailer, now check out the equally great new trailer below:

Could this be the film that finally wins Leo his Best Actor Oscar? Quite possibly!

The Revenant is set for release in the UK on January 15th, 2016.