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Monday 17 December 2018

Colin and Liam join forces for heist movie Widows

Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson have teamed up for the star-studded action film, Widows.

The movie, set in Chicago, follows four women who are left in debt after their criminal husbands are killed in a failed heist attempt, leaving them to step up and finish the job.

Joining the Irish stars in the film will be How To Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis, Fast And Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez and Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya.

Neeson plays Mr Rawlins, the husband of Viola Davis' character. The actress can be seen breaking down in tears in the trailer when she learns of his death.

Farrell stars as Tom Mulligan, a politician who finds himself mixed up in the widows' plans.

The film, based on a UK TV series by crime writer Lynda La Plante, is directed by 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was previously linked to a role in the film but had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with other work.

The movie will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Festival chief executive and director Peter Handling said of the films being shown: "We have an exceptional selection this year that will excite festival audiences from all walks of life.

"Today's line-up showcases beloved auteurs alongside fresh voices in film-making, including numerous female powerhouses.

Thrilled

"The sweeping range in cinematic storytelling from around the world is a testament to the uniqueness of the films that are being made.

"Every September we invite the whole film world to Toronto, one of the most diverse, movie-mad cities in the world.

"I'm thrilled that we've been able to put together a line-up of galas and special presentations that reflects Toronto's spirit of inclusive, passionate engagement with film. We can't wait to unveil these films for our audience."

Trevor Nunn's Red Joan, starring Judi Dench, and Hotel Mumbai - about the terrorist attack in 2008 - will also receive world premieres, alongside Life Itself, starring Olivia Wilde, Samuel L Jackson and Oscar Isaac.

Other films playing at the festival include Damien Chazelle's first film after La La Land, First Man, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, and A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga and directed by Bradley Cooper.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16.

Neeson has starred in several films recently, including another thriller, The Commuter, released this year.

Farrell, meanwhile, will star in next year's fantasy film Dumbo.

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