Liam Neeson set to star in romantic-comedy Normal People with Leslie Manville

He will find you. And he will love you. Liam Neeson is trading action for love in “Normal People”, set in Northern Ireland. Leslie Manville is also set to star in the flick.

According to the Deadline exclusive, “Normal People” charts the story of a long-married couple, Joan and Tom, who have an accumulated ease and deep tenderness to their relationship but when Joan is unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their bond and exposes challenges arising from an uncertain future.

Casting is still underway for the film, with production set to get underway in July in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The drama will be directed by filmmaking duo Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn (“Good Vibrations”) and is based on a script by Irish playwright Owen McCafferty.

According to the directors: “”Normal People” takes an extraordinary look at ordinary love. It explores big questions and small moments of human connection with unique wit and warmth and a luminous and unflinching candour. We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, honest and unsentimental story to life with Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville in the starring roles, two of the most remarkable actors working on screen today.”

Kelliher added, “We were immediately captivated by this beautiful love story which is sure to resonate with audiences around the world. We are thrilled to be bringing it to the screen with such a distinguished team both in front of and behind the camera”.

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