In the upcoming film “The Virgin of Las Vegas,” Liam Neeson portrays an Irish showband singer with a dead end career who heads to Las Vegas to turn things around.
Now reports say the Irish veteran actor will sing his own songs in the movie.
Ex-Horslips musician Barry Devlin of County Tyrone wrote the screenplay for the film, and tells the Belfast Telegraph: "Liam is a good singer. He'll be doing his own vocals."
According to an insider, Neeson’s character will also be an alcoholic, but he’ll "find his life turned on its head following the arrival of a mysterious stranger.”
The Irish showbands film will be produced by U2 star Bono, and American actress Eva Mendes is rumored to be co-starring alongside Neeson.
Producers are also in talks with several famous Irish actors, including Colin Farrell, Cillian Murphy and Gabriel Byrne, who would potentially play Neeson’s backup band members.
In the film, Ballymena born Neeson will sing classic showband tunes such as “The Hucklebuck and “I Ran All the Way Home,” songs from the hit 60s group the Royal Showband.
Though the lead singer of the band Brendan Bowyer is a regular on the Vegas club scene, Devlin says that Neeson’s character isn’t based on him.
"Liam's character is not based on Brendan Bowyer," Devlin said. "Everyone who knows Brendan knows he is a total gentleman. The character that Liam is playing is anything but a nice guy. In fact he's a dreadful man."
Rather, Devlin based the story on his own experiences playing with bands around Ireland.
“The Virgin of Las Vegas” will be shot on location in Vegas next spring.