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Liam Neeson has joined “The Next Three Days,” the Paul Haggis-directed thriller for Lionsgate.

Pic started shooting Friday, with Russell Crowe playing a teacher whose wife (Elizabeth Banks) is arrested for a gruesome murder she says she didn’t commit. Neeson plays an ex-con and expert on prison escapes who becomes involved in her husband’s effort to break her out of jail. 

Brian Dennehy, Lennie James, Olivia Wilde, Aisha Hinds (“True Blood”), Daniel Stern and RZA co-star in Haggis’ first film for Lionsgate since “Crash.” Haggis wrote the script based on the 2008 French film “Pour Elle.”

Haggis and Michael Nozik produce through Highway 61 Films alongside Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc of Fidelite Films.

Pic is shooting in Pittsburgh and wraps Dec. 12.

Neeson is currently filming director Joe Carnahan’s “The A-Team,” starring as Hannibal Smith.