After the tragic death of his wife Natasha Richardson last month, many would have assumed Liam Neeson would take a considerable amount of time off before returning to work. Perhaps thinking of the long term financial well being of his sons, Neeson is already returning to work. Using the box office clout of his massive hit “Taken,” Neeson has agreed to play Zeus in Louis Leterrier’s remake of “Clash of the Titans.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ralph Fiennes will join Neeson in the epic playing the story’s antagonist, Hades, who intends on toppling Zeus and ruling the world. Sam Worthington, whose starring roles in “Terminator: Salvation” and “Avatar” haven’t even been released yet, is on board to play Zeus’ son Perseus. The cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen, Gemma Arerton (“Quantum of Solace” and the upcoming “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time”) and Alexa Davos.
Like the original 1981 Harry Hamlin camp classic, “Clash” appears to be using British actors to play characters one would assume are of Greek ancestry.
Neeson recently completed his scenes in Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe,” a picture he was shooting during his wife’s death. He also has the horror-thriller “After.Life” set for release this October.
Fiennes appeared in the Oscar-nomined “The Reader” and will appear in “The Hurt Locker” June 26.
“Titans” is set to begin production later this month in the U.K.