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Taken 3 lines up Forest Whitaker, brings back Olivier Megaton

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Story by Jack Foley

A THIRD film in the Taken franchise looks to be gaining traction.

According to Deadline, Olivier Megaton – who helmed Taken 2 – will be back in the director’s chair, while Forest Whitaker looks set to join leads Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace.

A third instalment has been a possibility ever since the second film left the story open for possible further sequels, and struck $376 million world-wide despite Neeson’s initial reluctance to do it.

Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen have written a screenplay for the third movie which could begin shooting in March.

Taken finds Neeson playing a retired CIA agent turned security specialist whose “special set of skills” need to go into overdrive when his daughter (Grace) is kidnapped in Paris.

Taken 2, the follow-up, saw Neeson himself kidnapped, along with his ex-wife, by the vengeful father of the now-dead kidnapper from the first film.

As yet, plot details have not been revealed for the third film and deals are still being secured for key talent and a distributor.

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