The Conjuring star Vera Farmiga has signed up to join the cast of the thriller The Commuter alongside Liam Neeson. Farmiga’s Orphan director Jaume Collett-Serra is helming the StudioCanal project, reported Deadline.
Neeson will star as the eponymous commuter – a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy unfolding on his train. He is approached by Farmiga’s character and presented with an enticing but deadly offer. The film is described as a thriller with “Alfred Hitchcock” bent but sounds more like the kind of action flick that suits the particular set of skills associated with Liam Neeson.
Interestingly, this isn’t Farmiga’s first time playing a mysterious character in a commuter train-set thriller. She previously assigned a dangerous mission to Jake Gyllenhaal’s train traveler in Source Code. Maybe that’s how director Jaume Collet-Serra—who also worked with Farmiga on Orphan—knew she was the right woman for the job.
Collett-Serra has previously worked with Neeson on the taut thrillers Non-Stop and Unknown, giving us an idea of the type of film we can likely expect. The screenplay has been written by Byron Willinger and Phil de Blasi, with the project due to start filming this summer.
Collet-Serra, a native of Spain, has been in post-production on Sony’s The Shallows, starring Blake Lively. The thriller hits theaters on June 24. His other credits include the House of Wax remake in 2005 and 2009’s Orphan, in which Farmiga starred.
Farmiga is repped by CAA, manager Jon Rubinstein and attorney Jodi Peikoff. News was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.