Budding actor Micheal Neeson, 20, will portray Irish revolutionary Collins in The Rising, a movie which will centre on the historic 1916 Easter Rising, during which a small group of Irish patriots sought to free the country from British rule.

The Rising will also star Colin Morgan as Irish freedom fighter Sean MCDermott and Braveheart's David O'Hara, who will play rebellion leader James Connolly.

Kevin MCCann will co-write and make his feature directing debut with the project.

Taken star Liam famously tackled the role of Collins in filmmaker Neil Jordan's critically-acclaimed Michael Collins, which was set in the 1920s during the Irish Civil War.