Revenge thriller Hard Powder is beginning to judder with life now that William Forsythe and Shameless alum Emmy Rossum have closed deals to star.
Per Deadline, the new recruits now join Liam Neeson – Hollywood’s rejuvenated action icon if ever there was one – for Hans Petter Moland’s Rocky Mountains-set actioner, itself an English-language remake of Moland’s own Norwegian pic, In Order of Disappearance. Frank Baldwin is on board to hash out a screenplay with the Scandanivan filmmaker, while Michael Shamberg will produce on behalf of StudioCanal.
Details on how Forsythe and/or Rossum factor into the plot remain few and far between; so far, the only logline confirms Neeson as Nels an “upright snowplow driver in a glitzy ski town whose life is turned upside down when his son is murdered by the powerful local drug kingpin. He then seeks to dismantle the cartel, but his vengeful crusade sparks a turf war between a local gangster and a Native American mafia boss.” Perhaps William Forsythe has signed on to play that power-mongering mob boss? Alas, it’s too soon to tell.
For Emmy Rossum, Hard Powder is a fairly major step back to Hollywood’s film scene following roles across A Futile & Stupid Gesture, Phantom of the Opera and The Day After Tomorrow. The actress can next be seen in the Netflix biopic of National Lampoon. William Forsythe, on the other hand, has a role to play in the live-action rendition of The Little Mermaid – and no, not that one.
Hard Powder is yet to lock down a release date at the time of writing, but it’s one of a number of high-profile Neeson vehicles gestating in development. Elsewhere, the Irish actor has The Commuter and The Trainer, not to mention Peter Landesman’s Watergate drama, Felt.