Liam Neeson Takes Aim In New ‘Taken 2′ Photos

All you need to do is tell us Liam Neeson is in a movie to have us immediately be interested in it. But add guns and some intrigue to that mix? We’re sold. So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to find out that we’re pretty thrilled about his upcoming flick “Taken 2.”

Entertainment Weekly has some new images from the movie, and they all feature Neeson front and center. The magazine also chatted with Neeson about how the movie’s plot furthers the story told in the first film. It turns out that Neeson is enjoying a nice family vacation with his wife (Famke Janssen) and daughter (Maggie Grace), only to be taken by the family members of the men he killed while saving his daughter in “Taken.”

“The action is supposed to take place about a year or a year and a half after the first story. It’s a very clever sequel with the usual thrills and spills, but the ante is upped quite a bit in this one,” Neeson said. “They kidnap him to humiliate him, torture him, and ultimately bring him back to the village in Albania where the boys from the original film came from. With the help of my daughter… she wants to help me escape from where these bad guys have me.”

Even with “Taken 2″ underway, Neeson is also busy lining up other future projects. Deadline has reported that Neeson is set to star in the adaptation of “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” He’ll play leading man Matt Scudder as author Laurence Block created him: an ex-NYPD cop and unlicensed private detective hired to kidnap the wife of a drug dealer. Jeff Bridges previously portrayed Scudder in the movie “8 Million Ways to Die.”

That project isn’t set to start filming until February 2013. Neeson will probably spend his downtime between “Taken 2″ and “A Walk Among the Tombstones” filming either “Third Person,” “Non-Stop” and (potentially) “The Butler,” depending on which of the recently announced projects he moves on first.

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