Three years ago, Liam Neeson launched perhaps one of his most successful characters into theaters as he portrayed Ex-CIA agent and persistent father Bryan Mills who would stop at nothing after his daughter was kidnapped into an underground sex slave ring in Taken. Becoming a hit both an unexpected hit at the box office and a pop culture phenom with Neeson’s fictional monologue, a sequel was a possibility and eventually gained some actual traction leading to production late last year. Now, 20th Century Fox is ready to show off the first footage from the upcoming follow-up as the international fight for family stays alive with an all-new revenge scheme coming from a now clear and present danger.
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 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.