Thanks to a 45 career that began with his role as Jesus Christ in the 1978 film Pilgrim's Progress, along with cameos galore and a seemingly boundless amount of energy even at the age of 70, Liam Neeson is about to star in his 100th film. While not always great films, this represents Neeson's commitment as a performer. And while it is technically an action film like his last decade of work, this time Neeson has chosen to go for more intellectual faire, starring as author Raymond Chandler's legendary character, private detective Philip Marlowe. Not only does he reteam with director Neil Jordan, who last worked with him on the acclaimed 1996 biopic Michael Collins, but the script is written by Oscar-winning writer William Monahan (The Departed). For sure, Neeson to celebrate his hundredth with a role that has elements of all his vastly different stages as an actor. His action icon status, his wit, and his investment in any role he takes on.
Based on the 2014 novel The Black-Eyed Blonde by John Banville (under the pen name Benjamin Black), Marlowe sees the titular character hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress. And as the trailer shows, whatever the movie brings in quality, Neeson will double down once again in his committed performance. Check it out below:
Marlowe co-stars Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Alan Cumming, Danny Huston, Daniela Melchior, and Colm Meaney. It is set to hit theaters February 3rd.