Clive Standen has been Taken by NBC.
The Vikings actor has nabbed the lead role in NBC’s straight-to-series version of the Liam Neeson-fronted film franchise, TVLine has learned.
Standen will play Neeson’s Bryan Mills character in what NBC is dubbing a “modern-day prequel to the blockbuster feature film franchise that depicts how Bryan Mills developed and sharpened his particular set of skills.” The network has not confirmed an episode count.
Homeland‘s Alex Cary has assumed the showrunner reins on Taken and will serve as an EP alongside Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros. Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, Homeland) will direct the premiere.
Taken was a surprise smash when it arrived in theaters in 2008, spawning two moderately successful sequels.
It’s not clear how Taken will impact Standen’s series-regular role on History’s Vikings, which kicked off its expanded fourth season on Feb. 18.