Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O’Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James Connolly.
It’s been a big news day for movies about real-life figures from Irish political history. While Timothy Spall is (likely) set to play controversial Northern Irish politician Ian Paisley in a film about The Troubles, first-time actor (excepting a small appearance in Anchorman 2) and Liam Neeson’s son Michael Neeson is (definitely) set to play more beloved Irish patriot Michael Collins in The Rising, which will focus on the Easter Rising of 1916, one of the most important political events in Irish history (as well as one of the most art-inspiring). And, yes, that is the role his father played in the 1996 Neil Jordan biopic Michael Collins. One might even say Michael is takin’ (“Taken”) after his father, if one wanted to say a thing like that.
Proposed Schedule … Pre-Production: July to September 2015
Production: October/November 2015
Post-Production: December 2015 – February 2016
St.Patrick’s Day 2016: Premiere screenings across the world, followed by cinema distribution.