After the success of Ted, it’s little suprise that actors are queueing up for Seth MacFarlane’s follow-up, A Million Ways To Die. Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, and MacFarlane himself are already set to star, and now THR reports that Liam Neeson has signed up, with Deadline adding that Ted star Giovanni Ribisi will also be part of the film.
A Million Ways To Die In The West is a comedy western about a mild-mannered farmer called Albert (MacFarlane) who chickens out when a gunfight erupts on his property. Annoyed at his singular lack of spine, his girlfriend (Seyfried) ditches him.
In the hope of winning her back, he makes a deal with the wife (Theron) of a notorious outlaw (Neeson), to teach him how to handle a gun and be a bit more of a badass. However, as he starts getting closer to the sharp-shooting woman, trouble erupts when her vicious husband reappears. Ribisi will play Albert’s friend Edward, described as “a simple shoe repairman who bears up with a girlfriend who won’t have sex with him, but as a working prostitute she’s doing it with everybody else.” He’s involved in a side plot where Albert tries to get Edward into the dating scene.
MacFarlane co-wrote the script with Ted cohorts Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, with the movie being described as being similar in tone to Blazing Saddles. The plan is to start shooting in May.