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Liam Neeson is… Philip Marlow!

April 2nd, 2017 by Marc Comments

Liam Neeson is set to add another legendary character to his list of legendary characters.

The actor, who has played Qui-gon Jinn, Aslan, Zeus, Hannibal and Ra’s Al Ghul, is set to step into the shoes of Raymond Chandler’s famous private eye, Philip Marlowe.

The script will be by The Departed writer William Monahan.

The script will be based on Benjamin Black’s book The Black-eyed Blonde and “follows the tough as nails private detective the early 1950s where Marlowe is as restless and lonely as ever, and business is a little slow. That is until a beautiful blonde client comes in and asks Marlowe to find her ex-lover. He soon comes to find out that the ex-lover’s disappearance is just a part of bigger mystery and soon has Marlowe wrapped up with one of the more powerful families in Bay Cities who are willing to go to any length’s to protect their fortune.”

On Neeson’s casting he added: “It’s hard to tell who has the more of a lion’s heart and soul, Philip Marlowe or Liam Neeson. I hope I’ve done the both of them and a picture I could not anticipate more some service.” 

Monahan said about writing the script: “The book by Benjamin Black was a pleasure to adapt, and with Marlowe there’s no chance of even being asked to do it left-handed. You have to do Chandler justice, carry a very particular flame, or stay home.”

The role of Marlow has been played by some of Hollywood’s biggest hitters including Humphrey Bogart, Eliot Gould and Robert Mitchum.


Liam Neeson is no stranger to playing tough guy roles and, while it’ll certainly be a different take, it’ll certainly be one worth watching.

Will you be checking out Neeson as Philip Marlow? Let us know…

Source: Variety

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….