'Brothers and Sisters' Star Luke Grimes Has A Very Particular Set Of Skills, Joins Liam Neeson In 'Taken 2'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
November 9, 2011 9:00 AM
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We've gone on record in the past as to how baffled we are that "Taken," a borderline-racist B-movie that would have been best-suited to being a direct-to-video action movie starring Patrick Bergin in the mid-90s, is such a beloved box-office hit in some quarters. But we were slowly coming to terms with the fact that it's simply something that we'll never come to understand, like the mysteries of the cosmos, or the iTunes Terms & Conditions. And just as that was happening, Liam Neeson's schedule was worked out, and a sequel to the 2009 surprise hit was greenlit, with the amazingly-named Olivier Megaton helmer of "The Transporter 3" and "Columbiana" in the director's chair, with original writers Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen returning with another script.

And it sounds like they're keen to make us shake our heads in disbelief just as much the second time around. The plot involves ex-spy Brian Mills and his wife (Neeson and Famke Janssen) vacationing to Istanbul, where they're kidnapped by the father of one of the men he killed in the original (Rade Serbedzija), and, in a "cunning" reversal of the events of the first film, has to enlist the help of his daughter (Maggie Grace). Because, obviously, the thing that everyone loved about the first film was Maggie Fucking Grace. It's like if "Die Hard 2" had been led by Reginald VelJohnson.

But the character, who let's not forget, was a vacuous fame-seeking "American Idol" wannabe in the original, won't be alone. Variety report that rising star Luke Grimes, best known for the TV series "Brothers & Sisters," has signed on to play Grace's love interest, who gets involved in the rescue attempt, presumably winning the approval of his prospective father-in-law by punching a few swarthy foreigners in the throat. 

Grimes first appeared in Jonathan Levine's lost-in-distribution-hell horror flick "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane," has a major role in the FX pilot "Outlaw Country," and was mentioned only a few days ago as being in the running for the lead role in Roland Emmerich's "Singularity," so clearly he's someone that casting directors are high on. We'll find out what his chops are like when "Taken 2" opens on October 5th, 2012.

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4 Comments

  • Carlos | November 10, 2011 1:05 AMReply

    I'm always kind of baffled by the opening paragraphs of some of these articles. Baffled by how out of touch the writers are. How are you getting racism out of Taken? There are Middle Eastern and white villains in it. The film is a b-movie through and through. As a b-movie, it's practically begging you not to take it seriously and yet you somehow did.

  • jingmei | November 9, 2011 9:52 PMReply

    Why not shoot sequel of another of Liam Neeson, Unknown, which is more interesting. Taken is kinda boring.

  • Fred | November 9, 2011 11:59 AMReply

    Yes, all future action films should feature only "old white dudes" as villains so that even the appearance of borderline racism need not rear its ugly head (esp. in a world where the line "It's like if "Die Hard 2" had been led by Reginald VelJohnson" might be tagged borderline racist by the level-11 pc word police.)

  • Shut Ur Mouth | November 9, 2011 10:34 AMReply

    Okay, we understand that you did not like the first one; that you believe yourself to be better and too intellectual for the first one (pretentious much?).. and racist? haha, why because the peope involved were all foreign.. get over yourself kiddo. Remind me not to read anything you ever write again Oliver.

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