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Liam Neeson's son set to follow in his footsteps by taking on iconic role of Michael Collins

By Claire Williamson

Published 02/07/2015

Liam Neeson in Michael Collins
Liam Neeson in Michael Collins
Liam Neeson with his son Micheal at the opening of his fashion gallery in London’s Soho

Liam Neeson's son is set to follow in his big acting footsteps by taking on the iconic role of Michael Collins.

Micheal Neeson is set to take on the role in an Irish film about the events of the 1916 Easter Rising - 20 years after his father played the role in Neil Jordan's 1996 classic.

Covering the period between 1883-1916 the film describes itself as the prequel to the 1996 Michael Collins and The Wind That Shakes The Barley.

The role saw Neeson nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Collins in Neil Jordan's historical biopic about the patriot and revolutionary who died in the Irish Civil War.

It is understood the film is set to go into production in the Autumn set for a global 2016 release on the 100 year anniversary.

It also stars Colin Morgan as Seán Mac Diarmada and  David O'Hara as playing Dublin Brigade Commandant General James Connolly. Kevin McCann wrote the script alongside Colin Broderick and will direct the film.

This will be Micheal Neeson's first big role on screen and earlier this year his action hero father attended the opening of his fashion gallery.

When asked last month by the Evening Standard about whether he would want to be an actor he said his famous dad told him to be a carpenter.

He said: “It’s in there somewhere, it’s lingering in the shadows, waiting for the right time to come out. Who knows when that might be, if ever? Actors haven’t come straight out of the womb onto the stage. In order to get there, you have to have really lived. That’s why a lot of them are super interesting.

“Dad was like, please become a carpenter or something. On my Mum’s side I was encouraged to do whatever I wanted. I’ve done a couple of drama courses. At the beginning I’d be shaking. Dad always said, ‘just take three deep breaths’,  and it does work, although you don’t want anyone seeing you do it,”

"But then you get lost in what you’re doing and get that rush.”

Micheal, who admitted turning to drink and drugs after his mother Natasha Richardson, died after a skiing accident in 2009, said that she had inspired the fashion project.

His mum - who was born into one of Britain's best-known acting dynasties and was known for her roles in The Parent Trap and Patty Hearst - suffered a head injury while skiing at the resort of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. She wasn't wearing a helmet, and hit the left side of her face, tearing a blood vessel in the brain, which proved fatal.

She died, aged 45, the next day in New York, where she had been taken by air ambulance.

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