'Vikings' star will play role of former CIA-agent in TV show
The protagonist of thriller franchise Taken is to receive his own prequel series on NBC, with the channel revealing it’s leading star yesterday (22 February)
Clive Standen has been announced to take over the role for the show, which was announced to have been ordered by NBC in September 2015.
The network has approved a prequel TV series of the project from French director Luc Besson, who directed the 2008 kidnap-themed hit and two sequels, which starred Liam Neeson as former CIA agent Bryan Mills using his “special set of skills’ to find his daughter.
The new series will follow Standen’s younger version of the Bryan Mills character, showing how he learned his famous ‘set of skills’ to become the well-known character from the films. Standen’s credits also include Starz drama Camelot and features Everest and upcoming Patient Zero.
According to reports from Deadline, the character will not be married or have children. The series will be anachronistically set in the modern day – the same period as the original film trilogy, not in the past.
Released in 2008, the original Taken starred Neeson as Bryan Mills, a former CIA operative whose daughter is kidnapped by human traffickers. The film was a surprise smash at the box office, grossing over $226 million (£146 million) at cinemas worldwide, and reinventing Neeson as an action star.
The second film grossed even more than the first, grossing over $376 million (£243 million) globally. Neeson was reportedly paid $20 million (£13 million) for his role in the most recent film, Taken 3.