Liam Neeson Cowboys Up For MacFarlane's A Million Ways To Die In The West

By Nick Venable 2013-03-06 19:50:30discussion comments
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After a controversial Academy Awards hosting gig followed by the slew of recent MTV Movie Award nominations, Seth MacFarlane is situated right between his loyal fanbase and those who consider him an overrated misogynist, just where he’s been sitting comfortably for the past decade. His burgeoning film career will only advance those feelings, but his next film’s newest addition might draw a few naysayers over the fence.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Liam Neeson is in talks to fill out the cast for MacFarlane’s Ted follow-up A Million Ways to Die in the West, joining fellow big namers Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, MacFarlane himself, and the second-newest cast member Giovanni Ribisi, which we recently reported on.

The plot follows MacFarlane’s yellow-bellied sheep farmer, whose girlfriend (Seyfried) leaves him for another man after he chickens out on a gunfight. He falls for another woman (Theron) who rides into town and teaches him how to man up and use a gun. Things get complicated when her rootin’ tootin’ outlaw husband (Neeson) shows up, looking for revenge, the farmer get to test his new-found mettle. Neeson sounds perfect for a husband filled with over-the-top rage, and it’ll be somewhat cathartic if he ends up punching MacFarlane in the face several times during the film.

Neeson was most recently seen as the daughter-rescuing ex-CIA agent in Taken 2, and has a slew of features coming up. He’s currently filming Paul Haggis’ entangled romantic drama The Third Person with James Franco and Mila Kunis, and is already finished with the action-packed Non-Stop, for which he reteamed with Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. As well, he’s lent his voice to two upcoming independent animated features, The Nut Job and Khumba.
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