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Liam Neeson emerges as 'Deep Throat' in The Silent Man first look

Neeson plays Mark Felt in the Watergate drama.

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In the aftermath of President Trump’s firing of F.B.I. director James Comey and questions over possible collusion with Russia, director Peter Landesman (Parkland, Concussion) offers a cinematic throwback to one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

In a new clip from The Silent Man, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in theaters later this September, Liam Neeson portrays Mark Felt, more commonly known as “Deep Throat.” Working under F.B.I. head J. Edgar Hoover, Felt would become the whistle-blower behind Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s Washington Post reports on Watergate that would crumble the Nixon administration.

Neeson’s Felt is the man with all the secrets, which he makes perfectly clear in a not-so-veiled threat in the footage above. The film will chronicle “the personal and professional life of the brilliant and uncompromising Felt, who risked and ultimately sacrificed everything – his family, his career, his freedom – in the name of justice.”

Sony Pictures Classics cited “recent political turmoil” for sparking “a renewed public interest in Felt’s story.”

Landesman, also known for writing Kill the Messenger (starring Jeremy Renner), wrote the script for The Silent Man. Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Josh Lucas, Tony Goldwyn, Michael C. Hall, Tom Sizemore, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ike Barinholtz, Bruce Greenwood, Brian D’Arcy James, Kate Walsh, Noah Wyle, and Maika Monroe round out the cast.

“Mark Felt was one of the most instrumental figures in American history and yet very little is known of him and the risks he took to reveal the truth,” reads a statement from Sony Pictures Classics. “This is an incredible story well told by Peter and his creative team, with a top-notch cast led by an extraordinary performance from Liam. This film could be not more timely and relevant for audiences.”