Liam Neeson to star in cross country car chase film, Mongoose

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Fang Flanagan. That’s who Liam Neeson is going to be playing in his next action role, in the film Mongoose. More here.

Another deal from Cannes Film Festival has been announced and it looks like Liam Neeson is signing up for some cross country vehicular mayhem.

The Taken (pictured) star once expressed some concern that his upcoming comedic turn in The Naked Gun remake (currently in production) could signal the end of his career and as unlikely as that might seem, should it prove to be the case, there’s no need to worry because Liam Neeson will at the very least get to make Mongoose.

But what is Mongoose? Glad you asked. Mongoose is a cross country car chase movie, starring the undisputed king of the action thriller. This time, Liam Neeson stars as the wonderfully-named ‘Ryan “Fang” Flanagan, a war hero who, accused of a crime he didn’t commit and with nothing to lose, leads police on an epic televised cross-country car chase, helped by members of his former Special Forces Army battalion and closely monitored by a fascinated public rooting for his safe getaway.’

The project will see Liam Neeson once again work with Code Entertainment, the production company who collaborated with Neeson on the Ice Road movies. Mongoose will be directed by Mark Vanselow in his feature debut. Vanselow has taken the stunt co-ordinator route to the director’s chair, including working with Neeson on The Ice Road. He’s won more than a few awards for his work in the stunts world so this film could be well worth checking out for the vehicular mayhem that will no doubt be on display.

As for Neeson, he continues to do fine work in a number of different genres beyond action thrillers although that genre is the one with which he is best known. The actor recently also worked with Vanselow on last year’s In The Land Of Saints And Sinners, an action thriller take on the Irish Troubles that has picked up a decent buzz.

Production on Mongoose is set to begin in Australia at the beginning of next year so we won’t see this one for a while. When we do hear more from Mongoose though, we’ll certainly let you know.

Fang Flanagan, eh?

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