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Watch Liam Neeson play a destructive tree in new movie A Monster Calls

Published 14/07/2016

He's voiced Aslan the lion, a Lego cop and now Liam Neeson has lent his distinctive, dulcet tones to playing a kind, destructive tree monster.

It's a far cry from the Ballymena actor's role in Taken as Neeson's iconic voice takes centre stage in new movie A Monster Calls.

Based on the 2011 novel by Patrick Ness it tells the story of 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) who attempts to deal with his mother's (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss and faith.

The young boy's strict grandmother is played by Sigourney Weaver.

The visually spectacular drama is from acclaimed director Juan Antonio Bayona.

It is expected to hit cinemas in the Autumn.

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