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Liam Neeson to re-team with Neil Jordan for The Trainer


Story by Jack Foley

LIAM Neeson is to reunite with director Neil Jordan for new drama The Trainer.

The actor will play a top horse trainer who, following a tragedy, loses everything he cherishes and almost forgets how to live.

Things change, however, when a teenage refugee, Nadya, who has fled her own horrors and now finds herself in a confusing new world, enters his life. Connecting them both, meanwhile, is a horse called Allabelle.

Todd Komarnicki, who penned the screenplay for Sully, has co-written the script for The Trainer alongside David Donahue and James Villemaire.

Commenting on the project, Gabrielle Stewart, managing director of HanWay, which is handling international sales, said: “Liam Neeson is one of the world’s most beloved actors, thanks to unforgettable performances in films ranging from Schindler’s List to Love Actually, so we’re thrilled to have Liam return to Ireland with a character driven film like The Trainer.

“He and Neil are a great pairing and David Donohue’s, James Villemaire’s and Todd Komarnicki’s script provides us a beautiful and life-affirming story of a man learning to live again.”

Neeson has previously worked with Jordan – who has not directed a film since 2012’s vampire drama Byzantium – on Michael Collins and Breakfast on Pluto.

The actor will shortly be heard lending his voice to A Monster Calls and has several major projects in the pipeline, notably Martin Scorsese’s Silence, as well as Felt and The Commuter.

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