Hot off the back of The Conjuring 2, Vera Farmiga is saddling up to co-star alongside action hero du jour Liam Neeson in Lionsgate and StudioCanal’s thriller The Commuter. News of Farmiga’s casting arrives via Deadline, the same outlet that also revealed that the film would mark the fourth collaboration between Neeson and director Jaume Collet-Serra. After kicking ass for the filmmaker in Unknown, Run All Night, and Non-Stop, Neeson’s still game for more.
As for Farmiga, she previously worked with the helmer on Orphan, and now finds herself in just as intriguing a predicament for The Commuter. She plays a “mysterious woman” who approaches Liam Neeson’s character on board a commuter train and proposes an “enticing opportunity” for him that has potentially dire circumstances should he accept.
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Off the bat it shares more than a passing similarity to Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train. But compared to previous reports that Neeson’s character is (yet another) gung-ho regular joe who uncovers a massive conspiracy, it’s more likely that the film will veer toward the explosive, action-packed end of the cinema spectrum.
Now that Collet-Serra’s latest film, the Blake Lively shark pic The Shallows, is headed to cinemas shortly, we can expect production to begin on The Commuter in the next few months.