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Liam Neeson to play General MacArthur

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Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Neeson is to play American military leader General Douglas MacArthur in a South Korean war epic.

Operation Chromite will focus on eight South Korean troopers who helped turn the tide against the Communist northern forces during a covert operation at the start of the Korean War.

The mission preceded the battle’s opening surprise amphibious attack on the city of Inchon.

John H Lee will direct from a script by Lee Man-hee, with both film-makers best known for another war film, 2010’s well-reviewed 71: Into The Fire.

The Battle of Inchon, the codename for which the film takes its name from, resulted in a decisive victory for US and United Nations-backed southern forces, and paved the way for the liberation of Seoul on September 25, 1950.

Historians have since suggested that MacArthur was the driving force behind the victory as general of the United States army.

Operation Chromite is currently scheduled to go into production later this year, with a view to being released in cinemas in June 2016, to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean war.

As yet, it is not known whether Neeson will film his scenes in English or Korean, though it seems likely the film itself will be shot in Korean.

General MacArthur was most recently portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in the 2012 film Emperor, which was set in Japan in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Neeson was most recently seen in the action thriller Run All Night.

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