Downton Abbey’s Michelle Dockery joins Liam Neeson in high altitude thriller

The British actress will appear in Non-Stop alongside the Taken 2 actor, Julianne Moore and Scoot McNairy

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Downton Abbey actress Michelle Dockery has been cast in Liam Neeson’s aeroplane thriller Non-Stop.

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The 30-year-old British actress will also be joined by Julianne Moore and Scoot McNairy – the rising star of Argo and Brad Pitt’s Killing Them Softly, reports Variety.

Neeson’s latest thriller is helmed by his Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra. He stars as a federal air marshal who starts receiving text messages from a mystery sender who claims to be on the same flight. Neeson’s character must seek out and stop the culprit before he carries out his threats to kill the plane’s passengers.

It is not yet clear what roles Dockery, Moore and McNairy will take on, but filming is due to begin on November 1 in New York, with a $50m budget financed by StudioCanal.

Liam Neeson’s latest film Taken 2 recently opened at the top of the US box office with takings of £31 million, and grossed an additional £34 million outside of North America.

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In Non-Stop he will be reuniting with former co-star Julianne Moore whom he previously worked with on Atom Egoyan’s 2009 thriller Chloe.