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Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville for Normal People cancer drama

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LIAM Neeson and Lesley Manville are to unite for cancer drama Normal People.

The Ireland-set drama follows a couple dealing with the emotional impact of the wife’s cancer diagnosis. It is based on a screenplay by veteran Northern Ireland playwright Owen McCafferty.

Neeson and Manville will play the long-married couple who test their relationship and face an uncertain future when the wife is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer.

Co-directors Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn commented: “We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, honest and unsentimental story to life with Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the starring roles, two of the most remarkable actors working on screen today.”

Shooting is due to commence in early July in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Neeson is best known for dramatic roles like Schindler’s List and Kinsey as well as action thrillers such as Taken and, most recently, The Commuter. He will shortly be seen in Hard Powder, which also stars Emmy Rossum and Laura Dern.

Manville most recently landed a supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread alongside Daniel-Day Lewis.

McCafferty’s most recent play, Fire Below, was staged at the Lyric Theatre and the Abbey Theatre Dublin.