Patrick Wilson has climbed aboard Jaume Collet-Serra’s The Commuter, joining both Liam Neeson and The Conjuring co-star Vera Farmiga.
The action-thriller, which is already lensing in London, marks the fourth collaboration between Collet-Serra and Neeson, following a relatively hot streak that covers Unknown, Non-Stop and last year’s Run All Night. StudioCanal and Lionsgate have pledged support to The Commuter, appointing Philip de Blasi and Byron Willinger to hash out a script that will surely have Neeson back in ass-kicking mode.
Indeed, out of the three collaborations, Collet-Serra’s latest is reminiscent of Non-Stop in that it appears to compress much of the high-octane action into a single location where Neeson, embarking on his usual 9-to-5, is pulled into an intense situation out of the blue by a mysterious stranger (Farmiga).
It’s one that involves Neeson’s insurance salesman scrambling to identify a select passenger before the train reaches its last stop. Pulse-pounding action ensues, and THR notes that Wilson has assumed the role of Neeson’s friend and helper who assists our title hero along his commute.
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman are producing on behalf of The Picture Company. Wilson, meanwhile, is fresh off the remarkably successful horror sequel The Conjuring 2 – as is Vera Farmiga – which has pulled in a whopping $318 million worldwide to date.
After plunging Blake Lively into The Shallows and with production on The Commuter officially underway, expect Jaume Collet-Serra’s to come together in time for a late 2017 release.