Get ready for a double-barrel shot of casting for Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West! Word has it that Liam Neeson (Taken) is in negotiations to play the film’s nefarious outlaw whose wife teaches a cowardly farmer the ways of gun-fighting in order for him to win back his lady love. Giovanni Ribisi (Gangster Squad) is also on board the comedy Western as the protag’s equally-spineless best friend. A Million Ways to Die in the West also stars Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Amanda Seyfried (Les Miserables), making the principal cast just about set. Hit the jump for more.
THR reports that Neeson is in negotiations to join A Million Ways to Die in the West as the film’s major antagonist. Written by MacFarlane and Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild (Ted, Family Guy), the picture centers on Albert (MacFarlane), a sheep farmer who chickens out of a duel and loses his girlfriend (Seyfried) as a result. In an effort to win her back, Albert makes the acquaintance of an outlaw’s wife (Theron) who teaches him how to duel. The plot thickens when Albert begins to fall for her and when the outlaw himself returns to reclaim his woman.
Deadline also reports that Ribisi has joined A Milliion Ways to Die in the West. The role, once reportedly offered to Jonah Hill (Django Unchained), is that of Edward, a simple cobbler whose girlfriend who won’t have sex with him, but works as prostitute for everyone else in town. Edward tries to get Albert back into the dating scene.
MacFarlane will also direct the picture and plans to start shooting (ha!) in May.