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NBC’s ‘Taken’ Series Casts Jennifer Beals as Female Lead

”The L Word“ actress will star opposite Clive Standen

Jennifer Beals has been cast as the lead in NBC’s “Taken” series.

The “Proof” star joins Clive Standen in the series, which will serve as a prequel to the popular movie trilogy starring Liam Neeson.

Beals will star as Christina Hart, the Special Deputy Director of National Intelligence who has taken Bryan Mills (Standen) under her wing.

Cultured and powerful with a wealth of field experience, she oversees an elite team of operatives who take care of America’s national security emergencies.

In the 2008 film “Taken,” Neeson plays Mills, a retired CIA agent with “a very particular set of skills” who tracks down his daughter after she is abducted by terrorists. The series will follow a younger version of Mills, before he was married or had children, as he develops those skills.

Universal Television is producing with EuropaCorp, the production company belonging to film director Luc Besson.

Alex Cary will executive produce and serve as showrunner on the series, which was picked up by the network last year.