Saturday, 19 September 2015

Liam Neeson in talks to play General Douglas MacArthur

He has spent a lot of time recently playing characters in the middle of the action, usually rescuing members of their family, or stopping terrorists on planes. Liam Neeson (Taken) is clearly looking to take a break from actual fighting, with news arriving via Deadline that he is currently in talks to play General Douglas MacArthur in South Korean war film Operation Chromite.

A World War II hero and five star general, Douglas MacArthur led the United Nations forces during part of the Korean War. He was seen as a great commander, but removed from his position when he made statements that ran counter to the American administration's policies.

The film's focus, however, will be the 1950 Battle of Incheon, a big turning point in the war between North and South Korea, with UN forces launching a surprise attack against the North. The war, which spanned three years in the 1950s, ended with a stalemate that persists to this day. John H. Lee (A Moment To Remember) is directing the movie from a script by Lee Man-Hee (71: Into The Fire), and they are currently busy locking in other cast members to play Korean soldiers on the front line. Production should kick off before the end of the year. Neeson will next be seen in Martin Scorsese's (The Wolf Of Wall Street) Silence and Juan Antonio Bayona's (The Impossible) fantasy pic A Monster Calls.

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