- The Washington Times - Friday, April 10, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Liam Neeson is set to begin work on his first film since the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson.

Neeson will play Zeus, king of the gods, in a remake of “Clash of the Titans” opposite Ralph Fiennes as Hades, ruler of the underworld. Louis Leterrier (“Transporter 2,” last year’s “The Incredible Hulk”) will direct the film, which is scheduled to begin production in the United Kingdom later this month, Warner Bros. said Thursday.

Longtime friends Neeson and Fiennes haven’t shared the screen since 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” Also among the cast are “Casino Royale” villain Mads Mikkelsen, Sam Worthington of the upcoming “Terminator Salvation” and Alexa Davalos (“Defiance”).

The original “Clash of the Titans” from 1981 starred Laurence Olivier as Zeus.

This marks the first project for Neeson, 56, since Richardson’s death in a skiing accident. The 45-year-old actress died March 18 after falling and hitting her head during a lesson at Quebec’s Mont Tremblant two days earlier. He had signed on to star in the movie before her death.

Neeson’s most recent movie, the kidnapping thriller “Taken,” became a surprise hit with nearly $140 million at the domestic box office earlier this year. He just finished work on the Atom Egoyan film “Chloe,” which he was in the middle of shooting when his wife died.

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