Liam Neeson to Star as Deep Throat in Watergate Thriller

Peter Landesman will direct the story of Mark Felt, the man who was the famed informant.
Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson will star in Felt, the story of Mark Felt, the man who was the Watergate scandal's infamous informant, Deep Throat.

Peter Landesman, the filmmaker behind the upcoming Will Smith NFL drama Concussion, is directing the spy drama, which has secured financing via MadRiver Pictures.

The company will also produce alongside Scott Free Productions, Playtone and Cara Films. Ridley Scott, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, Giannina Scott, Marc Butan, Christopher Woodrow and Jay Roach will produce.

Steven Shareshian and Michael Schaefer will executive produce alongside Michael Bassick and Steven Marshall.

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Neeson will portray Felt, a lifelong G-Man who was acting as associate director of the FBI at the time of the early 1970s Watergate scandal. It began when five men were arrested for breaking into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. The men were eventually connected to President Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign.

Felt leaked information to Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, who would only name his source as Deep Throat. The true identity of the source was revealed in 2005.

In Felt, Felt will be seen as someone disheartened that the organization he works for is involved in cover-up but also who is torn apart as he leaks information. It is also being described as a spy thriller.

CAA arranged the financing and will introduce the project to domestic distributors at AFM. Sierra/Affinity will handle the foreign rights.

Neeson recently wrapped starring in Silence, a period drama about monks in Japan that co-stars Adam Driver. He also wrapped A Monster Calls, a fantasy from J.A. Bayona with Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver.

Neeson is repped by CAA.

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