Liam Neeson is returning to Ireland for his new role

Liam Neeson is returning to Ireland for his new role

Liam Neeson, one of Ireland’s favourite and most famous sons, will be returning home to play an Assassin in his new movie, In the Land of Saints and Sinners.

The star will be flying to Ireland from New York, where he currently resides, to perform alongside his long-time friend Ciarán Hinds in the new thriller.

Neeson will once again step into the boots of a retired hitman – the actors go-to role these days – who snaps back into action to hunt down a trio of dangerous terrorists.

"Set in a remote Irish village, Neeson will play a newly retired assassin who finds himself drawn into a lethal game of cat and mouse with a trio of vengeful terrorists," the news site Deadline said of his new role.

Neeson will also be reunited on set with Robert Lorenz, director of The Marksman, which was a smash hit at the US box office earlier this year.

Filming is due to begin in Ireland in March 2022.

Despite approaching his seventieth year, Neeson, like his on-screen personas, is showing no signs of slowing down, and is currently working on the post-production of action movies Blacklight, Memory and Retribution.

The 69-year-old actor revealed his age to Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show last week, where he also told the host that he is collaborating with historian Catherine Corless on a new film about the Tuam babies scandal.

"This Tuam Babies [film] will not take 10 years, it's three years already but we're very near completion. Hopefully maybe in a years' time, we will start production on this to tell the story to the world", he said.