Liam Neeson To Star in Fantasy Film ‘A Monster Calls’

By May 8, 2014

Everyone’s favorite badass good guy, Liam Neeson, will be using his talents to take on a decidedly darker role. ScreenDaily reports that Neeson has signed on to play the Monster in Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel “A Monster Calls.”

Set in present-day England, A Monster Calls tells the story of a boy struggling to come to terms with his mother’s terminal cancer diagnosis when a tree in his backyard turns into a monster and begins to visit him nightly to tell him stories. Up-and-coming actress Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) has already been cast as the mother.


Bayona, who previously directed the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film The Orphanage and the powerful tsunami drama The Impossible, signed on to direct the project in March and will begin shooting this September. And here’s something cool: Ness, who wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, is also writing the screenplay.

It’s not clear whether Neeson will be providing just his voice (ala The Chronicles of Narnia) or doing some sort of motion capture work, but it should be cool to see how he channels his awesome voice into a storytelling monster’s. Neeson can be seen later this month in Seth MacFarlane’s new western comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West. A Monster Calls is set for an October 2016 release.

What do you think of this casting? I, for one, am super excited about this project. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin

Desi Jedeikin is a Los Angeles based writer and performer. She has appeared in numerous sketch comedy/improv shows at venues in L.A., including the Groundlings Theater, Comedy Central Stage, and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, where she played Squeaky Fromme in the infamous alternative comedy show Comedy Death Ray. Unfinished projects include a memoir and a musical based on the life and death of JonBenet Ramsey. She has lots of other brilliant ideas she might complete. She really just needs more encouragement. You can follow Desi on Twitter: @Desijedeikin Here: And here too: She likes being followed.