He's wired to protect others in this trailer for NBC's TAKEN prequel TV series

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If you ever wanted to know how to acquire the skill-set to rescue your friends and family members on a weekly basis from criminals with a short life expectancy, then NBC’s Taken spin-off series is for you.

It’s a prequel series to the Liam Neeson-lead movie franchise that’ll follow the young Bryan Mills, played by Vikings‘ Clive Standen, as he enters the dangerous espionage game following a personal tragedy. Franchise creator Luc Besson is on board as show runner alongside Homeland‘s Alexander Cary.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

This new, modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller follows the origin story of younger, hungrier, former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, “Vikings”) as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.

I’m always nervous when the big screen makes the move to the small screen because something is usually lost in the process, but that doesn’t look to bad now does it? Predictable setup to be sure, but the meat of this series will be where it goes from there – and that seems pretty action packed. Clive Standen really does have the look of a young Liam Neeson too.

What do you think?

Taken‘s 13-episode-long first season is due to begin airing on NBC on 27 February 2017. It stars Clive Standen, Jennifer Beals, James Landry Hébert, Simu Liu and Jennifer Marsala.

Last Updated: December 15, 2016

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