Liam Neeson is in talks to join A Million Ways To Die in the West, Seth MacFarlane's Wild West follow-up to Ted, THR reports. Set to be MacFarlane's first starring part--unless you count his lead role in numerous detailed misogyny articles--the film sees him as a cowardly farmer whose wife (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him after he runs from a gunfight. Charlize Theron soon arrives and helps him find his courage, and presumably love and a few show tunes, but when her outlaw husband reemerges, MacFarlane and our patience for his being a film's hero are put to the ultimate test. Neeson will play the outlaw husband, at last getting his long-desired shot at scowling through some prostitute jokes.
As some assurance of that, Deadline adds that Ted's Giovanni Ribisi is also joining the film, and will play the farmer's best friend, a cobbler whose wife won't have sex with him but--in a hilarious twist--does have sex with other men, because she is a prostitute. Looks like MacFarlane's Oscars thesis on female sexual empowerment is an ongoing project.