Before he got caught up successfully retrieving people that had been Taken from him, Liam Neeson was a pretty credible actor. In fact, thanks to a string of sterling performances in the early and middle part of his career, he earned a number of award nominations. Now it looks as though he's going to return to more serious dramatic material, as it was revealed that he is in talks to star as U.S. Army General Douglas MacArthur.
According to Deadline, Neeson is currently in negotiations to play the beloved officer in Taewon Entertainment’s Operation Chromite. This film will be set during the Korean War and mainly focus on the 1950 Battle Of Incheon, which is regarded as a huge turning point in the conflict.
Liam Neeson hasn’t signed on the dotted line just yet, however, it’s thought that he’s already had extensive discussions with director John H. Lee about the part. At this point in time no other casting announcements have been made regarding Operation Chromite, but if Neeson does indeed join the production, you can expect Taewon Entertainment to quickly move ahead.
The Battle of Incheon is regarded as one of the key moments of the war because this saw the combined United Nations army launch a surprise attack against the North Korean soldiers. You won’t be surprised to learn that the codename for this attack was none other than Operation Chromite.
Fought between 1950 and 1953, the Korean War never actually concluded. In fact, the stalemate between the United Nations and North Korea is still rife today, and all you need to do is either pick up a paper, or, if you’re not 90, type in the words North Korea, South Korea, and conflict into Google to see that the issue is just as intense as ever.
What I’m trying to say is that if Liam Neeson’s performance as Douglas MacArthur doesn’t immediately bring an end to this tension then he has failed. Obviously, I kid.
Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general, who not only fought in both World War I and World War II, but received the Medal of Honor for his exploits, too. He’d be a worthy addition to Neeson’s already impressive CV of heroes, which includes Oskar Schindler, Rob Roy, Michael Collins, Jean Valijean, Qui-Gon Jinn, Aslan, John “Hannibal” Smith, Zeus, and, last but clearly not least, Bryan Mills. The big question is: who do you think would win in a fight between all of those icons? I’d have to go with Zeus.
We’ll have to wait with bated breath to see if Liam Neeson’s next project is indeed Operation Chromite. The script came from Le Mann-Hee, who previously wrote John H. Lee’s 71: Into The Fire. If Neeson passes then producers will be scrambling to find their second choice, because they want Operation Chromite to hit cinemas on June 25, 2016, to mark the 66th anniversary of the start of the Korean War.