Is Sean Penn the new Liam Neeson?

The Oscar winner is taking aim at Euro-action in the upcoming "The Gunman" from "Taken" director Pierre Morel and "The Matrix" producer Joel Silver.

Open Road Films has set a release date for the film of February 20, 2015.
 
In "The Gunman," Penn stars as a PTSD-afflicted special forces vet who finds himself on the run from London to Barcelona after being falsely accused of a crime. It's based on Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel "The Prone Gunman."

The film's impressive cast also includes such macho-yet-classy stars as Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, and Ray Winstone.  
 
Penn and Silver also produced the film along with Andrew Rona and executive producers Adrian Guerra and Peter McAleese.

Penn was most recently seen in "Gangster Squad" and "The Secret life of Walter Mitty."
 

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Dave Lewis has been a Los Angeles-based entertainment writer and editor for nearly ten years. Originally hailing from Minneapolis, he moved to L.A. in 1996 to attend USC, before working for various periodicals and web sites including a lengthy stint at Variety.com. He joined the HitFix staff in 2011.