Actor Forest Whitaker attends the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Actor Forest Whitaker attends the 25th annual Producers Guild of America Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 19, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

*Forest Whitaker is said to be in negotiations to join Liam Neeson in “Taken 3,” the latest film in the action franchise from Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp.

Neeson stars as Bryan Mills, the retired CIA agent who used his brutal skills to track down his daughter after she was kidnapped in the first film, and who was himself taken hostage in the sequel.

Deadline.com reported last summer that Neeson was closing a deal in the vicinity of $20 million to reprise his role as Mills. The star was a reluctant participant in the first sequel, but got paid in the $15 million range to sign on.

Olivier Megaton will be back in the director’s chair for “Taken 3.” Megaton helmed the second film in the series that’s been distributed by 20th Century Fox. While it’s likely that Fox will be on “Taken 3,” negotiations are still underway, according to Deadline.

Filming could begin as early as March.