The Grey‘s Liam Neeson is now officially set to play the monster in A Monster Calls, writes THR. He’ll star opposite Felicity Jones in the high-profile movie, which Lionsgate International will shop to foreign buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
Acclaimed Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is directing the big-screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’ award-winning children’s fantasy novel, part of the “Chaos Walking” trilogy.
Belen Atienza (The Impossible, Pan’s Labyrinth) is producing A Monster Calls, described as a “visually spectacular drama” about a young boy who attempts to deal with his mother’s illness and bullying at the hands of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales.
Ness, who wrote the novel based on an original idea by the late Siobhan Dowd, is writing the adapted script.
Focus Features is planning an aggressive nationwide release for A Monster Calls on Oct. 14, 2016.