Though known for his dramatic and action work, Liam Neeson is set to try out comedy shortly as he follows in the footsteps of Leslie Nielsen for the upcoming reboot of the iconic 1980s comedy film “The Naked Gun” at Paramount Pictures.

“Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers” writers Dan Gregor and Doug Mand are reuniting with that film’s director Akiva Schaffer on the project with Neeson rumored to be playing the son of Nielsen’s Frank Drebin character.

Seth MacFarlane and Erica Huggins are producing the film which Neeson tells Collider has him both excited and a bit apprehensive – particularly as he has little experience in the comedy field.

Out promoting his new film “In the Land of Saints and Sinners,” he tells the outlet he aims to serve as the straight man in a comedy full of wild characters:

“Well, obviously, the script has got to be funny and have a kind of a theme, a kind of a story, albeit quite loose, going through the script rather than just a series of gags, which can get boring very, very quickly.

Yes, I’m honored to be offered the part of Frank Drebin, and a little bit nervous about it because I’ve done a couple of skits before that were just very short TV things, but this would be, I don’t know, 95, 100 minutes of a film.

They’re still casting it, so hopefully my other cast members will be funny and sexy so that I could just be dead absolutely straight. There has to be lots of visual gags going on, too.

I’ll do my own thing. I remember Leslie very well. I love those films. Especially that first, Airplane! You know, ‘Don’t call me Shirley.’ Just that line alone, I think, changed Leslie’s career up until he passed away.”

The project is set to go into production this year with the studio previously setting a July 18th 2025 release.

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