It’s only fitting that for his 100th movie, Liam Neeson take on an iconic character of page and screen. He’ll star as Raymond Chandler’s hardboiled detective Philip Marlow in film noir Marlowe, from The Crying Game director Neil Jordan.
Neeson becomes the latest actor to take on Marlowe, joining Humphrey Bogart’s unforgettable performance in The Big Sleep, Dick Powell’s in Murder, My Sweet. Elliott Gould gave a wildly different take in 1973’s The Long Goodbye.
Penned by The Departed screenwriter William Monahan, the film is an adaptation of author John Banville’s The Black-Eyed Blonde, one of the most recent Marlowe stories published in 2014 and a sequel to The Long Goodbye.
Joining Neeson is a terrific cast that includes Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, Danny Huston, Daniela Melchior, Adewale Akinnouoye-Agbaje, Ian Hart, Colm Meaney, and Francois Arnaud.
Here’s the synopsis: MARLOWE, a gripping noir crime thriller set in late 1930’s Los Angeles, centers around a street-wise, down on his luck detective; Philip Marlowe, played by Liam Neeson, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress, daughter of a well-known movie star. The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide.
Marlowe opens in theaters on February 15th.