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WB Confirms Neeson in Dark Knight Rises

Warner Bros. Pictures officially confirms Liam Neeson in Dark Knight Rises.

By Jarrod Sarafin     March 28, 2012
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Liam Neeson in 20th Century Fox's TAKEN(2009).
© 20th Century Fox

Months after it was reported that Liam Neeson was seen on the set for The Dark Knight Rises along with rumors that he would be given a small part, Warner Bros. Pictures has officially confirmed his role in Christopher Nolan's next (and final) Batman tale. The confirmation comes way of production notes released for this weekend's Wrath of the Titans.

Here's the production note for Neeson in which it was officially confirmed by the studio:

LIAM NEESON (Zeus) is an award-winning actor who has been internationally recognized for his work in both major studio blockbusters and acclaimed independent features. He has been honored for his depictions of three very different real-life figures. Neeson received Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar®-winning Best Picture "Schindler's List." Three years later, he played the title role in Neil Jordan's biopic "Michael Collins," earning another Golden Globe nomination and winning an Evening Standard British Film Award and the 1996 Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for his impassioned portrayal of the Irish Republican hero. In 2004, Neeson starred as controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon's "Kinsey," for which he garnered his third Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award.

Neeson next appears in Peter Berg's actioner "Battleship," and he also will be seen in Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated action thriller "The Dark Knight Rises." Earlier this year, he starred in Joe Carnahan's thriller "The Grey," which topped the box office in its opening weekend. His recent film credits also include Jaume Collet-Serra's thriller "Unknown"; Paul Haggis' thriller "The Next Three Days"; the actioner "The A- Team"; the mythological epic "Clash of the Titans"; and the thriller "Taken," as well as the indie films "Chloe," directed by Atom Egoyan, and "After.Life."

Neeson is also well known to film fans for his work in two blockbuster film franchises: playing the role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in "Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace," and the enigmatic Henri Ducard in Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins." In addition, Neeson lends his distinctive voice to the character of Aslan in "The Chronicles of Narnia" films: "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," "Prince Caspian" and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

Born in Ireland, Neeson began acting in 1976 with the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast, and made his professional debut in Joseph Plunkett's "The Risen People." After two years, he joined the famed repertory company of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, appearing in their production of Brian Friel's "Translations." He later won a Best Actor award for his performance in Sean O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars" at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.

In 1980, director John Boorman spotted Neeson as Lennie in John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men," and cast him in the Arthurian epic feature "Excalibur." During that decade, Neeson played a wide range of characters in such films as Roger Donaldson's "The Bounty"; Roland Joffe's "The Mission"; "Lamb," in the title role; Andrei Konchalovsky's "Duet for One"; "A Prayer for the Dying"; Peter Yates' "Suspect"; "The Good Mother"; and "High Spirits," which marked his first collaboration with director Neil Jordan.

Neeson's subsequent film work includes Sam Raimi's "Darkman"; "Crossing the Line"; "Under Suspicion"; Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"; John Madden's "Ethan Frome," playing the title role; Michael Apted's "Nell," with Jodie Foster and Natasha Richardson; "Rob Roy," as the title character; Barbet Schroeder's "Before and After," opposite Meryl Streep; "Les Miserables"; Kathryn Bigelow's "K-19: The Widowmaker"; Martin Scorsese's "Gangs of New York"; Richard Curtis' ensemble hit "Love Actually"; Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven"; and Neil Jordan's "Breakfast on Pluto."

Throughout his career, Neeson has returned to the stage. He made his Broadway debut in the 1993 revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Anna Christie," for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 1998, he played Oscar Wilde in David Hare's play "The Judas Kiss," which opened in London's West End and later moved to Broadway. He returned to Broadway in 2002 to play Proctor in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," opposite Laura Linney, earning a second Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Neeson also starred in the 2008 Lincoln Center Festival presentation of Samuel Beckett's "Eh Joe," directed by Atom Egoyan and produced by Dublin's Gate Theatre.

Feel free to speculate further on how Neeson will return to The Dark Knight Rises..



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violator14 3/28/2012 9:13:58 AM

Liam Neeson saves like every movie he's in....hell, he's so awesome, HE should have been Batman!!!.....He probably IS Batman in real life!!!

ElBaz13 3/28/2012 9:45:16 AM

At least we'll be able to understand his dialogue.

aegrant 3/28/2012 11:12:00 AM

The return of Ra's Al Ghul

effing SWEET

spiderhero 3/28/2012 11:29:33 AM

Hmmm. I thought it was let out months ago that Ra's was in the movie. I've just been filtering all speculation about what will happen in the movie through this lens already. Guess now it really is official. Maybe Bat Man is killed then brought back with a Lazarus pit...

kinetoscope 3/28/2012 11:47:51 AM

My guess would be that he is the man behind the curtain pulling the strings. He would likely show up near the end of the movie, he and Bats would have a long talk about mission and destiny. Then he and Bats fall from something up high, similar to part 1, but this time Bats lets him go....

Or Batman does die and Ra's brings him back to life and then Batman kills him in an accident.

Just a thought

millean 3/28/2012 12:54:06 PM

I like me some Batman.  I like me some Neeson.  I like me some Neeson in the next Batman movie.


Here's a random thought I had last week:

Batman uses Bruce Wayne as a facade.  He pretty much wants Bruce to be seen negatively in the public eye.  I got to thinking about who in real life fits that description and came up with one name... Kim Kardashian.

I may have to stop disliking her and start giving her more credit, just in case she really is Batman.  (I bet she staged that whole flour bombing incident herself!  :)

DarthBob 3/28/2012 2:27:19 PM

Maybe he's Banes translator.

Bane: Mumble Gotham mumble mumble, mumble mumble mumble mumble mumble mumble.

Ra's (translates for Bane): When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.

InnerSanctum 3/28/2012 5:20:24 PM

 Flash back?  

trollman 3/28/2012 10:47:06 PM

thanks for the Mental Image of Kim K in a tight batgirl costume

CrazyCEO 3/28/2012 11:55:12 PM

When I first heard this rumour months ago, my first thoughts were of him just being in a flashback.  They did use his voice for the trailer as well.  Scouts reported seeing him on set for just one day so it wont be a long drawn out part.  Some have also speculated that he has something to do with whats happened to Bane and him bringing Bane up within the League of Shadows.

The cast haven't said much about the movie but what they have said is that its going full circle back to Batman Begins.  Speculation says where Batman Begins was the story of how as a boy Bruce Wayne bacame Batman, TDKR will show how Bane as a boy becomes the monster he is now.

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