Thesp inks as crew plans to lense in Morocco

Director Ridley Scott has set Liam Neeson to star with Orlando Bloom in “Kingdom of Heaven,” the epic love story 20th Century Fox is prepping for a January shoot.

Bloom plays a peasant who becomes a knight, saves a kingdom and falls in love with a princess. Neeson has been offered the role of his father, Godfrey of Ibelin.

“Kingdom of Heaven” is being produced by Scott’s Scott Free banner. Shooting will take place in Morocco, with Branko Lustig, Lisa Ellzey and Perry Needham exec producing.

Neeson most recently played the title role in “Kinsey,” can be seen in “Love Actually.” He’s repped by ICM.

Follow @Variety on Twitter for breaking news, reviews and more