With Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen returning for 20th Century Fox and EuropaCorp’s action sequel “Taken 2,” director Olivier Megaton has decided to add a fresh face to the franchise, tapping “Brothers and Sisters” star Luke Grimes for a key role.
First film found retired CIA agent Bryan Mills (Neeson) heading overseas to save his daughter (Grace) from a gang of ruthless European kidnappers. In the sequel, the tables are turned, as Mills and his ex-wife are held hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.
Croatian thesp Rade Serbedzija is set to play the vengeful villain, while Grimes has closed a deal to play Grace’s love interest, who will likely have to help her rescue her parents from the baddie’s clutches.
“Taken” scribes Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen penned the sequel, which Besson will produce through his EuropaCorp banner. Original pic was a surprise hit, grossing $226 million worldwide. “Taken 2” is skedded for release on Oct. 5.
While Grimes made his feature debut in Jonathan Levine’s 2006 slasher pic “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane,” he hasn’t let that film’s long-delayed release affect his career, as he recently wrapped the lead role alongside John Hawkes and Mary Steenburgen in FX drama pilot “Outlaw Country.” Thesp also starred alongside Ellen Barkin in Cam Archer’s Cannes entry “Shit Year.”
Grimes is repped by CAA and manager Darren Goldberg.