Forest Whitaker

Back in 2008, Taken earned a whopping 6 million on a budget of only around million. The sequel, directed by Olivier Megaton, cost a little more at million, but would go on to gross over 6 million worldwide. It should come as no surprise to learn then that Megaton will be back to helm the planned third instalment in the franchise.

According to Deadline, the movie will be the director’s next project with a start date as early as March.

The site also reports that Liam Neeson and Maggie Grace are set to be joined by Forest Whitaker (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). There’s currently no word on who Whitaker will be playing, but it was revealed last summer that Neeson closed a deal in the neighbourhood of $20 million to reprise the role of retired CIA agent Bryan Mills.

As with the first two films, Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen wrote the screenplay for Taken 3.