Besson, Fox snare Grace for 'Taken'


Maggie Grace has landed the female lead opposite Liam Neeson in the thriller "Taken," a co- production between Luc Besson's Europa Corp. and 20th Century Fox.

Pierre Morel will direct from a screenplay by Besson and Robert Mark Kamen.

Grace is set to play the estranged daughter of Neeson's character who is kidnapped and forced into the slave trade. Neeson's character is a former spy who uses his skills to rescue her. Shooting begins this month in Paris.

Besson is producing alongside Pierre-Ange Le Pogam and India Osborne.

Grace, who starred on "Lost" from 2004-05, next appears in Sony Pictures Classics' "The Jane Austen Book Club," directed by Robin Swicord, and the indie "Suburban Girl," based on the best-seller "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing."

She is repped by ICM, 1 Management and the law firm Barnes, Morris, Klein.