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Justin Kelly

Liam Neeson confirmed as first guest for RTE Late Late Show St Patrick's Day special

RTE have confirmed that Liam Neeson will be chatting to host Ryan Tubridy on next Friday night's Late Late Show.

The special programme falls on St Patrick's Day and the Taken and Love Actually star will take to the sofa to chat to Ryan about his glittering career spanning 100 movies.

In a statement, as spokesperson for RTÉ said: "Liam Neeson is confirmed to join host Ryan Tubridy on next week's Late Late Show St Patrick's Day special."

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Neeson recently hit a major movie milestone as the trailer for his 100th movie Marlowe was released.

The flick, directed by Academy Award winner Neil Jordan, is a crime thriller set in the 1930s in Hollywood.

Neil previously said: "I couldn’t feel more honoured to be teaming with Liam on his 100th movie, a project we’re all incredibly proud of."

Marlowe will premiere on Sky Cinema on March 17 and will also be available to stream on NOW.

The movie is adapted from The Black-Eyed Blonde by John Banville and brings Old Hollywood to life as the film follows private detective Phillip Marlowe, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress.

It stars the Taken actor alongside Diane Kruger and Jessica Lange.

Set in the glamorous world of late 1930s Hollywood, Marlowe stars Neeson as private detective Phillip Marlowe, who is hired to track down the ex-lover of a wealthy heiress (Diane Kruger).

Liam Neeson as Private Detective Philip Marlowe in Marlowe (Courtesy of Sky UK and Ireland)

It initially appears to be a straightforward assignment, but – according to the official synopsis – "Marlowe soon finds himself in the underbelly of Hollywood’s film industry and unwittingly drawn into the crossfire of a legendary Hollywood actress (Jessica Lange) and her subversive, ambitious daughter."

If the name of Neeson's detective – Phillip Marlowe – rings a bell, it's because he's a famous fictional character originally created by American crime writer Raymond Chandler.

The tough, hard-drinking, wisecracking private eye first appeared in Chandler's 1939 hardboiled crime novel The Big Sleep, later adapted into a movie classic of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall in 1946.

Neeson is showing no signs of slowing down as he is set to star in another Neil Jordan movie - his 101st film - The Riker’s Ghost.

Liam Neeson has been in an array of big budget films, including Love Actually (Wenn)

The explosive thriller will see Neeson play a convict set for release who is then forced to break a terrorist out of prison.

The film, written by Sean O’Keefe and Brian Rudnick, is set to start shooting this September.

Neil Jordan said: "This is a unique take on the prison escape.

"A bare-knuckle ride from incarceration to freedom, by someone who just wants to finish his term. The reluctant escapee will be played by Liam Neeson, and I can’t wait to explore this character with him."


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