Liam Neeson will return to the action-revenge genre he’s best known for in “Hard Powder.”
Directed by Hans Petter Moland from a script by Frank Baldwin, the feature from StudioCanal pits the actor against a ruthless drug cartel in the unforgiving Rocky Mountains. The project is expected to hit the market at the Berlin Film Festival.
Variety reports that Neeson will play Nels, an unassuming snowplow driver living in a Colorado ski town who must rise to the occasion when a drug kingpin murders his son. But Nels’ actions have consequences, sparking a turf war between two oddly paired factions: A Native American mafia boss and a vegan mobster who wears Tom Ford suits and drives a Tesla.
“Hard Powder” is produced by Michael Shamberg, whose credits include “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained,” “Gattaca” and “Garden State.”
Neeson has been on a revenge-thriller binge, starring in three “Taken” films, which spawned the oft-repeated line, “I have a very particular set of skills. He also headlined 2014’s “Non-Stop,” in which he played a U.S. air marshal who receives eerie text messages threatening the lives of airplane passengers.
“Hard Powder” aims to go into production in March, and will likely be filmed in Canada, and specifically in Banff, Alberta, a major skiing hub.
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