20th Century Fox's action sequel Taken 3 is starting to take shape, with Forest Whitaker signing on to co-star and Taken 2 filmmaker Olivier Megaton confirmed to be back in the director's chair. No story details have been released as of yet, and it isn't known what character Forest Whitaker will play.
The project was first announced back in October 2012, just after Taken 2 took in $50 million during its opening weekend, en route to earning $375 million worldwide from just a $45 million production budget.. Liam Neeson signed on in June to return as former CIA agent Bryan Mills, a deal that is reportedly worth $20 million. Maggie Grace is also coming back as Bryan's daughter Kim, who was kidnapped in the original 2009 thriller Taken, which earned a surprising $225 million worldwide from just a $25 million budget. She helped rescue her father and mother (Famke Janssen) in 2012's Taken 2, when they were taken hostage in Albania.
Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen wrote the script for this sequel, which could begin production as early as March. Luc Besson's EuropaCorp will continue pre-selling the project at the European Film Market in Berlin next week.