We were all pretty surprised to see that Liam Neeson would be appearing in a sequel to his 2008 action thriller Taken, but seeing as they made a 2nd I guess they may as well go ahead and make a 3rd. Yes, a 3rd. Liam Neeson will grace the screen one more time this January as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills, who has a wife and daughter that, for some reason, always seem to be the target of a kidnapping plot. This time out Mills finds himself framed for the murder of his ex-wife, and must ensue on a new mission to clear his name by finding the true killer before the authorities track him down. Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (Phone Booth, Lee Daniel’s The Butler) will be joining the supporting cast along with Maggie Grace (Taken, The Fog) and Famke Janssen (GoldenEye, X-Men) returning as daughter Kim and ex-wife Lenore. Screenwriting/directing duo Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element), who wrote both Taken and Taken 2, penned the new script for director Olivier Megaton (Transporter 3, Taken 2). Check out the new trailer here on MADE; the new movie comes out January 9th. Also opening on January 9th is director Paul Thomas Anderson‘s upcoming LA-noir drama Inherent Vice with Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin, as well as Ava DuVernay’s Civil Rights drama Selma with David Oyelowo and Tim Roth, so be sure to mark your calendar for January 9!
Recent reports from Deadline have indicated that Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker may join Liam Neeson for the third installment of the Taken series from director Olivier Megaton, who took over the directing chair for Pierre Morel. The first film was released in 2008 and was followed by the second installment four years later, which did pretty well at the box office but was not as celebrated as the first film by the fans. Forest Whitaker won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2007 for his performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, and recently played the leading role in Lee Daniel’s The Butler. He also played a role in director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace with Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, which was released back in early December. Liam Neeson has also been keeping busy outside of the Taken franchise. The actor loaned his voice to the upcoming The Lego Movie, which is out at the end of this week, as well as the Western comedy A Million Ways To Die In The West, currently in post-production. Whether or not Whitaker will officially join the project is still up in the air, so we’ll keep our ears open for more news.