They wanted Liam Neeson and now they've got him. Screen Daily reports Neeson is confirmed to play the titular tree monster in Juan Antonio Bayona's adaptation of Patrick Ness's beautiful and frightening and heartbreaking children's book A Monster Calls.
The story is about a boy named Conor, who find his mother's declining health and increasingly bullying from classmates overwhelming, retreating into a nightmarish fantasy world in his sleep in which the tree in his backyard comes to life as a monster and tells him strange stories. Felicity Jones has been cast as the mother, so we just need a boy for Conor and this will be well on its way.
I think Bayona's The Impossible star Tom Holland would be rather fantastic in the role, but casting the mother so young is throwing me off. Can she believably play his mother?