November 8, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Luke Grimes will be joining the cast of sequel “Taken 2″, according to Variety. Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace are all reprising their roles – as father, mother and daughter, respectively – from the original 2008 blockbuster hit.
Director Olivier Megaton takes the reins this time around, and while the first film saw Neeson’s retired CIA agent going on a European tour of ass-kicking to rescue his kidnapped daughter, this time it’s mom and dad who are kidnapped. Variety speculates Grimes will play a love interest and sidekick to Grace’s character Kim, who will help her rescue her parents. Rade Serbedzija plays the villain, who has taken the ex-couple hostage out of vengeance. His son was one of the many people Neeson killed on his rescue mission in the last film. Grace instead of Neeson in the role of rescuer? Love the girl power message but not exactly what “Taken” fans will be paying $14 to see right?
Grimes made a splash when he broke out in cult horror classic “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” opposite Amber Heard, but may now be best known for his role as Ryan on ABC series “Brothers and Sisters.” He was also recently shortlisted and presumably remains in the running for the lead role in Roland Emmerich’s next sci-fi epic, “Singularity”, so this may prove to be the beginning of a bit of a comeback on the big screen.
September 13, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Edward and Bella finally get married and then things quickly go to hell when their honeymoon becomes a PSA for safe sex. Bella’s got one in the oven, and thanks to the miracle baby taking after her vampire father, she’s proving to be too much for her meek little human mother to carry to term and then deliver. Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and the rest of the cast all return to the roles that made them international superstars, for the next to last time as they all work together to protect Bella from her demon spawn and from outside forces who, understandably, want to kill it (and her if necessary) before it hatches and wreaks havoc upon the world. Will they succeed? Well, we won’t be finding out any time soon. With the last book being split up into two movies (thanks “Harry Potter”!) it’ll be over a year before we get full closure on the saga of Edward and Bella.
“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part I” is released on November 18th, with “Part II” scheduled for exactly one year later.
April 6, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Maggie Grace will be reprising her role as Kim Mills from 2008′s “Taken” in the sequel, Deadline reports. In the first film, Kim jets off to Europe for an unsupervised vacation with a gal pal only to immediately end up in the hands of a prostitution smuggling ring, prompting bad-ass retired spy Bryan Mills – Liam Neeson as the unlikeliest of action heroes – to spring into action and single-handedly take down the Parisian underground and rescue his daughter.
The sequel, written by Robert Mark Kamen and directed by “Transporter 3″‘s Olivier Megaton, almost veered off course after it ran into scheduling issues with Neeson, but is now back on track and eyeing a late 2011 or early 2012 shoot in Istanbul. There are no plot details yet available, so it’s unclear if Grace’s Kim will once again be the one who gets “taken”. We, as big fans of the original, can only hope there’s a bit more to it than a straightforward “Hangover” style plot regurgitation.
Grace made a name for herself on the first two seasons of ABC’s “Lost”, playing spoiled princess with hidden depth Shannon Rutherford. A foray into features hasn’t been as successful, with forgettable roles in “The Jane Austen Book Club” and “The Fog”, though she just wrapped a pivotal role in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”. She was last seen on the big screen in “Faster”, the revenge action flick starring Dwayne Johnson.