4/12: Casting Void – Sir Edmund Grayson (Liam Neeson)!
From the prologue through issue #2 of Void, it has been clear that someone is giving our hero direction, cover, and protection. Who is that person, and why? It would have to be someone with powerful connections, money, and tremendous influence of their own. That “someone” is publishing magnate Sir Edmund Grayson. Publisher of the largest and most powerful news agency in the world … The World Roundup … Grayson is possibly the most powerful and influential man in Europe, if not the world. So what’s the root of his intense, personal interest in Deacon Void? I can’t answer that yet, but I know who should play him in VOID: The Motion Picture. That man is Liam Neeson.
Neeson is no stranger to fans of dramatic films or of Void. He played the title role of Darkman, a character who played a tremendous influence on the “look” and creation of Void himself. When I created the character of Grayson, I envisioned a classic Welsh superstar, the late Richard Burton, as my leading man. Full of charisma and male testosterone, Grayson is intelligent, street savvy, and able to crush you with his intellect or his fists. While Burton is the perfect role model for the comic version, Neeson is the perfect actor to bring him to life on screen. From powerful drama like Schindler’s List to sci-fi mythology like Star Wars: Episode I to action thrillers like Taken or The Grey, Neeson projects exactly the no-nonsense image I want for Sir Grayson.
At one point, I envisioned Neeson to play Void himself, but that role will fall to another soon to be revealed. For now, he’s the perfect match to be the man in the shadows helping Deacon Void find his way in this scary, supernatural world of London’s East End. Prepare for shock upon shock as we learn more and more about Sir Edmund Grayson, the man behind the man we all know as … VOID!
Next week: The Bad Guys debut!