Liam Neeson in Talks for “The All-Nighter”

By Kirsten Anderson Casting

Liam Neeson will play a guy who's just trying to protect his family.

So what can Liam Neeson do to extend his brand as everyone’s favorite AARP-card carrying badass? How about move from playing the good guy badass to sort of the bad guy badass.

Here’s what I mean–in this latest phase of Neeson’s admirably lengthy career, he’s mostly played tough guys who are on the right side of the law: employees of shadowy government agencies, an average guy who loses his identity, a brusque fellow who’s unfazed by a night in the Alaskan wilderness. Now why not move to the other side of the tracks? That’s what would happen if Neeson works out a deal to star in “The All-Nighter,” something The Wrap reports is in progress.

Here’s what it’s all about:

The story follows an aging hit man who, in order to protect his wife and son, must take on his former boss in a single night. He then winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.

See? He’s playing a hit man, not a law man. That’s the twist. Good thing to keep in mind, aspiring Neeson script writers! The writer in this case is Brad Inglesby, by the way.

Neeson just had “Taken 2″ in theaters. He’ll next be seen in “Non-Stop” and “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” and will also do voice work for the intriguingly named “LEGO: The Piece of Resistance.” That one is beginning to sound like it might be better than anyone thought it could be.

 

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