THR is reporting that Neeson is in talks to join Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up to “Ted,” the western-comedy “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” The film, in case you forgot, stars the “Family Guy” creator as a cowardly farmer whose girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him when he backs out of a gunfight. He soon meets up with the wife (Charlize Theron) of a notorious outlaw who teaches him how to shoot, only to run afoul of her husband. THR reports that Neeson is of course being courted to play the outlaw husband, a role which will presumably put his gravelly voice to good use. In addition to those already cast, Deadline is reporting that Giovanni Ribisi will play MacFarlane’s best friend, a cobbler.
While the MacFarlane project will play to the older crowd, Neeson also his eyes on a younger-skewing target. According to THR, Neeson will lend his pipes to a “villainous raccoon” in the animated “The Nut Job.” He’ll square off against the already-cast Katherine Heigl, Will Arnett and Brendan Fraser. The animated film is based on director Peter Lepeniotis’ 2005 short animated film “Surly Squirrel.” A late 2013 release is tentatively scheduled. Check out the short below.