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Neeson's son to play Michael Collins like father

Micheál Neeson is following in his father's footsteps and taking on the role of Michael Collins in a new movie

LIKE father, like son.

Liam Neeson's son Micheál is set to follow in his father's footsteps and star as Michael Collins in a new Irish film about the events of 1916.

Micheál will take on the iconic role in the upcoming movie The Rising, 20 years after his Oscar-nominated actor father starred as Collins.

He will play the revolutionary leader in a film due for release next year to mark the 1919 centenary.

The Rising marks the first major movie role for Micheál, son of Ballymena-born Liam and his late wife Natasha Redgrave.

He will star alongside Colin Morgan who will play the 1916 mastermind Seán Mac Diarmada and David O'Hara as General James Connelly.

It will be directed and produced by Kevin McCann, who has written it alongside Colin Broderick and covers the events around the Easter 1916 Rising.

The film is due to begin filming later this year.

In 1996, Hollywood actor Liam starred in Neil Jordan's 1920s-set Michael Collins, in which he was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance.

Just last month Micheál opened a fashion boutique in London's Soho district and described how he went into rehab following the death of his mother.

He also admitted his father begged him not to get into acting.

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