Saturday, 17 May 2014

Liam Neeson to play the creature for Juan Antonio Bayona's A Monster Calls

Over the last couple of months we've been hearing news on the slow, steady development of The Impossible (2012) director Juan Antonio Bayona's latest film, A Monster Calls. A recent story on Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) joining also made mention of Bayona courting Liam Neeson (Taken) to star as the titular creature. It's clear his overtures worked, because Screen International reports that Neeson has now signed on.

Novelist Patrick Ness is adapting his own novel for the screen, which follows what happens when a 13-year-old boy must deal with his mother's ailing health and school bullies making his life a nightmare. Added to that, the yew tree in his garden keeps turning into a monster at night, which sounds like the recipe for massive future therapy bills.

But the creature that spawns from the tree isn't as terrifying as he first appears, and actually has some wisdom to impart, which he shares via strange stories that contain life truths. Bayona has Jones set to play the boy's mother, and is aiming for a late 2016 release date.

In the meantime, Neeson will next be on our screens as a gun-toting outlaw in Seth MacFarlane's (Ted) A Million Ways To Die In The West, which is out on 30 May and has just launched a new red band trailer. He'll also show up in drama A Walk Among The Tombstones and action thriller Run All Night, with work also set to start this year on Taken 3.

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