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Forest Whitaker in talks to join Taken 3 alongside Liam Neeson

01.29.2014

While TAKEN 2 may not have been as good as the original film, the band is staying together as Liam Neeson and director Olivier Megaton will reunite for TAKEN 3 with shooting tentatively set to start this March. Neeson may be joined by Forest Whitaker this time around, adding some additional star power to what was previously a one man show. No word on plot but expect to see Maggie Grace return as well as Neeson's daughter.

TAKEN was a surprise hit that reinvigorated the career of Liam Neeson and prompted his appearance in numerous films playing men with particular sets of skills. Neeson was originally not interested in appearing in TAKEN 2 but was offered $15 million to play Brian Mills a second time. Deadline reports that Neeson could be paid $20 million to play Mills a third time.

Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson wrote the screenplay for TAKEN 3 as they did for the first two films. I am thinking that Whitaker could make an interesting foe to toe off with Neeson, but he could make a decent partner as well. Whitaker is an excellent actor and could play good or bad characters equally well.

TAKEN 3 has no projected release date, but expect it to be by the end of 2014 at the earliest.

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Extra Tidbit: I almost want Whitaker to play Ghost Dog in TAKEN 3.
Source: Deadline

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10:42AM on 01/30/2014

Taken 2 sucked

I didn't like Taken 2 at all. It was just a rehash of events from the first one. The only way Tak3n will be any good is if Liam Neeson goes nuts and starts kidnapping others.
I didn't like Taken 2 at all. It was just a rehash of events from the first one. The only way Tak3n will be any good is if Liam Neeson goes nuts and starts kidnapping others.
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9:48AM on 01/30/2014
Granted Taken was better...but I enjoyed Taken 2. I'm like that.
Granted Taken was better...but I enjoyed Taken 2. I'm like that.
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8:50PM on 01/29/2014
Tak3n?
Tak3n?
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6:07PM on 01/29/2014
Might as well throw in Scott Adkins into the mix, so it'll be that much more obvious that it's a cheese fest. Taken will always be a standalone film to me. It was so awesome, and the best part about it, was that it wasn't aimed to be an explosive action flick, rather, just a solid fucking thriller.
Might as well throw in Scott Adkins into the mix, so it'll be that much more obvious that it's a cheese fest. Taken will always be a standalone film to me. It was so awesome, and the best part about it, was that it wasn't aimed to be an explosive action flick, rather, just a solid fucking thriller.
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5:43PM on 01/29/2014
Taken 3 is going to be a letdown. Same thing happened with Transporter 3. Oh yeah ! And Colombiana was a snooze fest.
Taken 3 is going to be a letdown. Same thing happened with Transporter 3. Oh yeah ! And Colombiana was a snooze fest.
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4:44PM on 01/29/2014

Hope hes the bad guy

He was amazing on the Shield as the "bad guy"
He was amazing on the Shield as the "bad guy"
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4:39PM on 01/29/2014

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That is EXACTLY what I thoguht! The first Taken was alright, I thought the second was terrible but shoot, get Jim Jarmusch and Ghost Dog on board and I'll be first in line for this one.
That is EXACTLY what I thoguht! The first Taken was alright, I thought the second was terrible but shoot, get Jim Jarmusch and Ghost Dog on board and I'll be first in line for this one.
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4:31PM on 01/29/2014

Megaton is a terrible action director

Forest Whitaker signing could be interesting and I'm open to it (not the first time he's been in a forgettable action film) but Megaton returning as director is certainly disappointing. Taken 2's action scenes were staged terribly and edited too quickly where you could barely see anything. Maybe he's just cheap. Oh well. Didn't have high hopes for this anyway.
Forest Whitaker signing could be interesting and I'm open to it (not the first time he's been in a forgettable action film) but Megaton returning as director is certainly disappointing. Taken 2's action scenes were staged terribly and edited too quickly where you could barely see anything. Maybe he's just cheap. Oh well. Didn't have high hopes for this anyway.
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3:40PM on 01/29/2014
Get rid of Megaton. He can't shoot or edit action.
Get rid of Megaton. He can't shoot or edit action.
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3:31PM on 01/29/2014
It would be solid casting. Hopefully Taken 3 has a better story this time around involving Neeson's team instead of them just showing up for a scene or two.
It would be solid casting. Hopefully Taken 3 has a better story this time around involving Neeson's team instead of them just showing up for a scene or two.
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3:14PM on 01/29/2014
I was hoping Megaton wouldn't be returning for this but I guess beggars can't be choosers. I swear, that director has the opposite of the Midas Touch.
I was hoping Megaton wouldn't be returning for this but I guess beggars can't be choosers. I swear, that director has the opposite of the Midas Touch.
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3:08PM on 01/29/2014

I really wanted to dislike Taken 2....

...but it was a ripping yarn.
...but it was a ripping yarn.
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