Exclusive: Liam Neeson Attached To Dragonheart Reboot

We've learned that Liam Neeson is attached to voice the dragon of an upcoming Dragonheart reboot, with both Taron Egerton and director Gareth Evans also attached.

By Michileen Martin | Updated

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Since the late Sir Sean Connery is no longer available, this seems like the best alternative. Our trusted and proven sources tell us Liam Neeson is attached to voice the dragon in an upcoming Dragonheart reboot. Gareth Evans (The Raid: Redemption) will direct the new Dragonheart, and Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) is in talks to play the knight who forms an alliance with Neeson’s dragon.

From what our sources tell us, the reboot will not necessarily follow the same trajectory as the original. They describe the new film as one in which a young knight (Egerton) shares an unlikely bond with a dragon (Neeson) to confront an ancient evil. This makes it sound decidedly different from 1996’s Dragonheart in which the seasoned dragon-slaying knight Sir Bowen (Dennis Quaid) and the world’s last dragon (Sean Connery) join forces to battle against the tyrant King Einon (David Thewlis).

Draco the dragon (voiced by Sean Connery) and Dennis Quaid in Dragonheart (1996)

Having the names Liam Neeson and Taron Egerton attached to the Dragonheart reboot sounds impressive, but without question, the most interesting name we’ve heard attached to this project so far is Gareth Evans. As you can see on his IMDb, Evans is best known for Indonesian crime thrillers like The Raid and Merantau, as well as some horror entries like 2018’s Apostle. A big-budget fantasy action blockbuster is a big departure for the Welsh-born filmmaker.

Liam Neeson will join a surprisingly long list of great actors who have voiced the mythical creatures in the Dragonheart franchise. Many fans may know only of the very first of the films, 1996’s Dragonheart, in which Sean Connery voiced the dragon Draco. However, after 2000’s Dragonheart: A New Beginning, the series spawned a trilogy of direct-to-video prequels.

With the reboot, Liam Neeson will join a club that includes Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List) who voices Drago in Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse, Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: Picard) who replaced Kinglsey in 2017’s Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire, and Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club) who voices the ice-breathing dragon Siveth in 2020’s Dragonheart: Vengeance.

Siveth, voiced by Helena Bonham Carter, in Dragonheart: Vengeance (2020)

With both Liam Neeson and Taron Egerton attached to the Dragonheart reboot, it seems likely the franchise is looking to climb out of the direct-to-video status its entries have enjoyed for the past decade. Doubtless the success of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is part of the motivation behind trying to bet on a theatrical success for Dragonheart.

We don’t have any information yet in regards to production dates or release dates, but when we know we’ll make sure you know.