Clive Standen Cast in Taken

Clive Standen Joins NBC's Taken Series

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.

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  1. wrstlgirl says:

    But but but what about Rolo?!?!

  2. novoten says:

    So Rollo dies in Vikings, we get it.

  3. Stripe McMahon says:

    I thought maybe this was in-between, showing the happy-family life of the Millses.

  4. Sounds stupid! The movies were successful because of Liam Neeson! Nothing against this actor, but I don’t see this doing well! I predict this thing wont last the 1st season!

  5. John Jacob says:

    They are filming additional episodes of Vikings to play at the end of this year currently. So he’s probably able to work it into his sched. Perhaps we’ll just see less Rollo in 2017.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I’m guessing (hoping) that’s the case. Not sure how long they can drag out Ragnar’s life if they want to stay somewhat true to history. I’d hate for the show to be without both brothers.

  6. Ian says:

    I do think its the paternal gravitas Liam brought to the role that turned Taken into a popular franchise, and the idea that Bryan is pushing himself past his prime but with years of experience and skill. Not sure Bryan Mills works as a younger hot dad, but we’ll see. Ive only seen bits of Vikings, but Clive is definitely eye candy, so that’ll attract at least some eyeballs.

  7. Murica! says:

    Great casting. The timing is very weird. His casting obviously means Rollo dies this season. They should have waited untill after his death.

  8. arlene says:

    thank you for your spoiler….

  9. Mr. Tran K says:

    Not sure if Clive Standen is going to be as good than Liam Neeson.

  10. LT says:

    People! Y’all know these aren’t LIVE TV shows these actors are working on, right? Some of them can be in the can for months. Plus, they can do multiple shows at one time since most of them are limited to 10-13 episodes.

  11. Sarah T. says:

    Taken came out in 2009 😉

  12. Sarah D says:

    Yes! Looking forward to this.

  13. Yes please! i like him and I like the premise of this show…

  14. Weezy says:

    Well I guess Rolo will be perishing this season…