We get our first look at director Olivier Megaton's upcoming action sequel Taken 3 with three photos featuring Liam Neeson and his co-stars Maggie Grace and franchise newcomer Forest Whitaker. These images come courtesy of USA Today, who also bring the first plot details. The sequel will find Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) fighting to clear his name after being accused of murder. Take a look at the star in action, then read on for more details:

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Liam Neeson plays retired CIA agent Bryan Mills in the Taken franchise, which now spans three action-packed movies. Taken 3 will be in theaters this January, and this time, Mills is framed for the murder of someone close to him.

About the story, Liam Neeson says:

"I have to go on the run, I'll put it that way, from the not-so-lawful types and the lawful authorities. Bryan Mills served his country faithfully, but now even they are after him. They must not like me. This time, no more traveling. If my daughter was 'taken' again on a trip, Bryan Mills would have to be certifiably locked up for bad parenting."

Liam Neeson also talks about Bryan's age and the fact that he has to fight dirty to keep up. In one scene, he even uses a defibrillator to take out his enemies.

"Bryan Mills wants to fight quick, using the dirtiest moves possible to finish. It's not like, 'Put your fists up, fellow!' Why fight like that when you can kick someone in the kneecap and be done with it?"

Co-star Forest Whitaker is a franchise newcomer, playing a law enforcement agent in pursuit of Bryan Mills. Says the actor:

"People are attracted to quiet heroes. Liam's presence has that. He gives people a sense of comfort and security. And he's an excellent actor."

The actor reveals that his cop never comes in contact with Bryan Mills:

"There's no big fight between us, which I would have loved. That will have to wait until Taken 4."

That's not likely, though. Right now, Liam Neeson believes this is the final chapter in the series, which is officially called Tak3n:

"It's a rollicking good story. But I think this is the end. If I feel audiences saying, 'Come on, he's 62, enough is enough,' I'm very sensitive to that and if I pick up that vibe it will all stop. And I'll start playing dads or grandfathers,. But I keep myself pretty fit and my knees are still great. And it's fun."

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