Neeson will continue to kick ass and take names.

Liam Neeson (‘The Grey,’ ‘Taken’) is to lead writer/director Scott Frank’s upcoming crime thriller ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones.’

Based on the Lawrence Block novel of the same name, the film focuses on Matt Scudder (Neeson), a former NYPD cop and recovering alcoholic who is haunted by past mistakes. Now working as an unlicensed private eye, he is hired to find the kidnapped wife of a drug dealer. Scudder operates just outside the law where the police don’t go to track down the kidnappers, who he discovers have been involved in multiple kidnappings and brutal murders.

Principal photography is set to start in February 2013 on location in New York City with Double Feature Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher producing along with Danny DeVito and his company, Jersey Films.

“We feel like we won the trifecta by getting the one star who is perfect for Scott’s great script that he was born to direct,” said Shamberg and Sher.