Exactly who has the particular set of skills to replace Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in a prequel series based on his hit movie Taken has been the topic of discussion among fans after it was revealed recently that the NBC have ordered one.
The 2008 action thriller turned Liam Neeson (63) into an action hero overnight. Fans are still waiting to see if he will be cast in the next Expendables movie and join aging action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Despite threats that he would not do any more of the Taken movies after the first, Neeson went on to star in Taken 2 in 2012 and Taken 3 in 2014. It has quickly become his trademark role.
Taken was a surprise hit for writer Luc Beeson and instead of going into the bargain bin like the numerous Steven Seagal action flicks, it was embraced by fans. It also got a huge female following, with many relating to the ‘daddy saves daughter’ aspect to the first film.
The character of Bryan Mills has proved so popular that fans have often speculated about his past and how he gained his skills. It seems that their wish is to come true. It is believed that the series will focus on how he came to be in the CIA and that a younger actor will be cast. Luc Beeson is said to be aboard as the executive producer.
Neeson has been quite vocal about his feelings that he is too old for these types of roles but despite this he is not stopping. His action roles have since included ‘The Grey’, ‘Non-Stop’, ‘A Walk Among the Tombstones’, ‘Run All Night’ as well as the remake of the ‘A-Team.’ Next is upcoming action flick ‘The Commuter’ while he is also set to play Douglas MacArthur in ‘Operation Chromite’, which is about a squad of soldiers fighting in the Koeran War’s Battle of Incheon.
Before Taken changed his career, Neeson had enjoyed fame from roles in such movies as ‘Schindler’s List’ and ‘Star Wars: The Phantom Menace’. He has been in a number of comedies and other roles since starring in Taken but it is his action roles that get the most attention now.
Perhaps he will take us all by surprise and play the part himself in the series, with some CGI help to make him look younger. All we can say is, GOOD LUCK!
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