Steve McQueen 'honoured' to work with Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell on Widows

Steve McQueen (Matt Crossick/PA)

Sean O'Grady

Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen has told how he was "honoured" to work with two of Ireland's leading actors, Liam Neeson and Colin Farrell, in the forthcoming thriller, Widows.

The film tells the story of a group of women who carry out a heist after their criminal husbands are killed in a police shootout.

Neeson plays one of the husbands (his wife, Veronica Rawlins, is played by Viola Davis) while Farrell plays Irish-American politician Jack Mulligan.

"Liam and Colin, they're amazing actors, and they've been doing an amazing job in Hollywood for a very long time," said McQueen, who also directed 12 Years A Slave.

Colin Farrell and Viola Davis star in Widows

"I was honoured that I could work with them, especially in Chicago where there's such a sort of Irish foundation."

McQueen was particularly impressed with Farrell, who improvised many of the scenes with his on-screen father, Robert Duvall.

"Robert Duvall and Colin were so amazing to work with. They were like two musicians, just jamming," he told RTE Entertainment.

"A lot of that stuff that they would engage with in the picture was improvised."

Widows, which is due to be released later this month, has received almost universally positive praise from critics and currently has a rating of 96pc on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

The film - which McQueen co-wrote with Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn - also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Daniel Kaluuya and Elizabeth Debicki.

Meanwhile, a new trailer for another of Neeson's upcoming films has just been released.

The Ballymena native will star alongside Brendan Gleeson, Tom Waits and James Franco in the new six-part anthology film, The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs.

Each 'chapter' of the film tells a different story about the American West.

It has already scooped the award for Best Screenplay at the Venice Film Festival.

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