It is reported that the makers of the film version of the TV classic 'The Professionals' want Liam Neeson to star as Cowley, the no-nonsense boss of tough guys Bodie and Doyle.

Deadline.com reports that production on the film will begin in the autumn, with Tom Hardy, Gerard Butler and Jason Statham the names mentioned for the characters of Bodie and Doyle, played by Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw in the original series.

The website says that the film's producers have "Liam Neeson and Gary Oldman on their list" to play Cowley.

The film will tell the story of how former mercenary Bodie and counter-terrorism detective Doyle came to work as a team for Britain's top secret CI5 unit.