Irish actor Liam Neeson is to make a cameo appearance in the sequel to the hit comedy 'The Hangover'.

Variety reports that Neeson will play a tattoo artist in the film, replacing Mel Gibson in the role.

Gibson will not star in the film following protests from certain actors and crew about his casting.

Neeson was reportedly asked to take over the role by his 'A-Team' co-star Bradley Cooper.

Neeson told Variety: "I just got a call to do a one day shoot on 'Hangover 2' as a tattooist in Thailand, and that's all I know about it.

"I just laughed my leg off when I saw 'The Hangover,' I was shooting in Berlin earlier this year and rented it on the hotel TV."