Saturday, April 13, 2024

Liam Neeson’s New Movie Co-stars His Son Micheal That Veers Near Real Life: Mother-Wife Dies and They Must Bond


Liam Neeson is taking a break from movies in which a fictional daughter is kidnapped and he must find her/avenge her death.

The Oscar nominated actor (“Schindler’s List”) will open in August in the non gay version of “Call Me By Your Name.” The film, “Made in Italy,” takes place in Tuscany. A father and his estranged son — played by Neeson’s son Micheal Richardson — must bond over renovating a beautiful home left to them by their wife/mother.

Of course, in real life, Neeson lost his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, and had to raise their sons, Micheal and Daniel, on his own. So the movie’s PR hews closely to the real life story even though it’s fiction. Micheal, who spells his name that way just to be difficult, has taken Natasha’s last name as a tribute to her, not because he doesn’t like Liam. His brother, Daniel, has kept the paternal nomenclature.

“Made in Italy” will be released according to its press release “will be released in theaters, on-demand and in drive-ins.” Yes, you read that correctly. Aren’t drive-ins for making out, and not for watching films? Well, they may be all we have even by August 7th. Actor James D’Arcy is making his directorial debut from his own screenplay.

This isn’t the first movie for father and son. In 2019 they starred in “Cold Pursuit” co-starring Laura Dern. Micheal has also shot “The Rising: 1916,” about Irish rebel leader Michael Collins. You’ll recall that Liam played the title character in “Michael Collins” back in 1996.

Micheal Richardson is the 5th generation of Redgraves on screen. He’s the grandson of Vanessa Redgrave, who was married to director Tony Richardson. Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave’s parents were British actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. It’s family business, to say the least, and they know what they’re doing.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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