Back in 2009, Taken was a surprise hit that even critics seemed to agree with as Liam Neeson would stop at nothing to get his daughter back after being kidnapped. It was such a hit, in fact, that a seemingly one-and-done thriller had suddenly morphed a sequel much to the skepticism of nearly everyone. Now, the first photos from Neeson in the upcoming Taken 2 have been revealed, and it shows Bryan Mills is back to doing what he does best: using his particular set of skills.
EW revealed the photos (below) as a part of an interview with Neeson himself. Set a year after the events of the first film, Neeson’s character of Mills finds himself working for a sheik in Istanbul. When Neeson’s ex-wife Lennie (Famke Janssen) is having “a hard time” with her own husband, Bryan invites she and his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) out to Istanbul to see the city.
It’s there where the Albanian relatives of the men Bryan killed in the first film on his vengeance trip to save his daughter kidnap both Bryan and Lennie, leaving the tables turned this time around, and forcing Kim to save both of her parents. Bryan is brought to the Alabanian village where the boys grew up, and is set to be tortured for his actions, while Kim has taken her own experience to better learn her self-defense and likely make her a formidable foe in order to get her parents back. However, it’s been said that Kim won’t exactly be the prime focus of the sequel, so it’s unclear as to just how the film will play this role reversal.
Directed by Oliver Megaton, newcomers include Rade Sherbedgia who will play the central villain and father to a slain kidnapper from the first feature, while Luke Grimes will also be coming onboard in an undetermined role.
Taken 2 hits theaters on October 5th.
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