3 March 2013 4:09 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Must… avoid… obvious… “Among his particular set of skills" gag… Urge to write…. Rising… Okay, we’re good. Ahem. Liam Neeson is getting deeper into the cartoon movie business, signing on to play a villainous raccoon in indie CG comedy The Nut Job.The film, which Peter Lepeniotis has adapted from his 2005 short Surly Squirrel (see below), finds the titular squirrel and rat friend Buddy hatching a nut store heist that goes badly wrong in 1950s’ town Oakton. To add to their numerous troubles, they also have to deal with Neeson’s bandit-striped type. And no, it's not to be confused with animation's other famous bad-tempered squirrel. “Having the distinguished Liam Neeson lend his talents as the raccoon villain is the perfect finishing touch,” says Lepeniotis. “His contribution fulfils that dramatic need in our comedy adventure. It’s an honour working with him.” Neeson joins a cast that already includes Will Arnett, »


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