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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Liam trades guns for laughs as he lands role in Ted sequel

Liam Neeson in A Million Ways to Die in the West
Liam Neeson in A Million Ways to Die in the West

He's known for action movies but Liam Neeson has signed up to star in the sequel to raucous US comedy Ted.

The Northern Irish actor recently appeared in another of Seth MacFarlane's comedies, A Million Ways to Die in the West, with Amanda Seyfried. She is also set to star in the Ted sequel.

The first Ted film, about a man whose relationship with his walking, talking, foul-mouthed teddy bear (right) that gets in the way of his love life was a huge critical and commercial success, making €430m worldwide.

Plot details for Ted 2 are non-existent at the moment and it's not yet clear what part Neeson will play in the sequel which is set for release next summer.

However, Mark Wahlberg has said that his character and Ted are "crazier than ever".

rollicking

The comedy is worlds away from his turns in action hits like Taken and A Walk Among the Tombstones.

Taken 3 is set to be released in January 2015 and the dad-of-two has said that the third film will round off the action trilogy.

"It's a rollicking good story," he said.

While the first two movies concerned first his daughter and then his ex-wife being held hostage, this time round the focus is squarely on Neeson's character, who is framed for murder.

"This time, no more travelling," Neeson said.

"If my daughter was 'taken' again on a trip, Bryan Mills would have to be certifiably locked up for bad parenting," he joked.

The Balymena native says he'll keep with the action flicks as long as his audiences want him to.

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