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Taken: First look at Clive Standen as Liam Neeson character Bryan Mills in TV spin-off

Will he have the particular set of skills?

By Claire Williamson

This is the first look at Clive Standen showcasing that very particular set of skills as a young Bryan Mills - made famous by our very own Liam Neeson.

The modern day prequel television series folllows the success of the movie triology Taken which follows Mills, the CIA operative during his younger years.

It aims to give the audience an insight into how he acquired his expert set of skills which helped coin that now infamous catchphrase known across the world - "What I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career; skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."

The NBC production has cast Vikings actor Clive Standen as the young Bryan Mills.

And in keeping with Neeson's Northern Ireland roots, the 34-year-old was born in Holywood Co Down and grew up in the East Midlands in England.

The series billed as an "edge-of-your-seat thriller"  focuses on Mills getting revenge after he is shaken by a personal tragedy.

He is “pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.”

New images released show Standen in action as Mills striking some of the familiar poses of that by Neeson in the franchise,

Jennifer Beals also stars in the new series and can be seen alongside Standen in one of the three new photos.

The executive producer of the series is the original Taken franchise producer Luc Besson who wrote and produced all three movies.

Taken premiered in 2008 and was a surprise box office hit, resulting in two sequels in 2012 and 2014.

Ballymena man Neeson was reinvented as an action star and the trilogy has earned almost £1bn worldwide.

There is currently no official US or UK premiere date for the series. But it is expected around September 2016,

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