Liam Neeson has recently said he will stop making action films at some point, but it doesn’t seem to be that far yet. In his latest thriller “Thug” he will play a gangster.
Former character actor, now action star – Liam Neeson has once again changed direction significantly in his career. And the fans can’t get enough, which is why the next Neeson actioner is already in the starting blocks: “Thug”.
As deadline reported, Liam Neeson will once again be collaborating with his Hard Powder director Hans Petter Moland on Thug. In “Hard Powder” Moland sends his star as a taciturn snowplow driver in the icy provinces on a brutal vendetta against a local criminal. In “Thug” Neeson becomes a criminal himself – he plays the eponymous gangster.
However, this gangster is getting on in years and is reconsidering the life that has alienated him from his family. Now the aging criminal from San Pedro wants to make up for the mistakes of the past and be reconciled with his children. But the criminal underworld doesn’t want to release him so easily from their clutches…
“Thug”: Liam Neeson wants to escape from crime
A gangster trying to get out of business sounds like a drama at first, but then Neeson/Molland duo should be a little rough. especially deadline describes the project as a thriller and producer Warren Goz emphasizes in a press statement that Hans Petter Moland soon became one of the top actions-Directors will be considered. And the screenplay for “Thug” was written by Tony Gayton, who has mainly written action and thriller scripts with “The Salton Sea”, “Mord Nach Plan” and “Faster” with Dwayne Johnson.
So we strongly suspect that Liam Neeson will ultimately do again in “Thug” what he has almost perfected in his films of the younger years: set off as a one-man army, this time presumably to settle old scores and clean up his criminal past so he can retire in peace. We’ll have to wait a little longer until we know more about the plot. The project won’t be filmed in Los Angeles until October 2022, so the release isn’t expected until 2023.