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Neeson to return in Titans movie

Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson
Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson were married in 1994

Actor Liam Neeson is to star in Clash of the Titans, his first film since the death of his wife Natasha Richardson.

The 56-year-old will play king of the gods Zeus in the movie which begins shooting later this month in the UK, makers Warner Bros have confirmed.

Neeson will be reunited with Ralph Fiennes for their first film since 1993 Oscar winner Schindler's List.

Actress Natasha Richardson died at the age of 45 last month following a skiing accident at a resort in Canada.

Box office success

Neeson, who was born in Northern Ireland, had signed up for the film before Richardson was injured.

He has recently completed work on the film Chloe, interrupting his filming schedule when Richardson was taken ill.

The actor's most recent screen outing, thriller movie Taken, was a box office hit in both the US, where it took $140m (£95.6m), and in the UK.

Gemma Arterton and Mads Mikkelsen
Bond stars Arterton and Mikkelsen will also star in the film

Clash of the Titans is a new version of the 1981 mythological epic which starred Laurence Olivier and Maggie Smith.

Fiennes will play Hades, who lost out to his brother Zeus and was resigned to becoming god of the underworld.

The screen star was most recently seen in The Reader, which gained a best actress Oscar for co-star Kate Winslet.

Other actors among the cast include Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen, best known for his role as villain Le Chiffre in Bond movie Casino Royale.

British actress Gemma Arterton, who played Strawberry Fields in subsequent 007 film Quantum of Solace, is to star as demi-goddess Io.

French film-maker Louis Letterier, whose other credits include last year's The Incredible Hulk and Transporter 2, will direct the film, which is due out next year.

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