Simu Liu (Blood and Water) has booked a heavily recurring role in Taken, NBC’s straight-to-series adaptation of the hit movie franchise. Written and executive produced by Alex Cary (Homeland), who serves as showrunner, the Taken TV series is a modern-day prequel to the film franchise that depicts how Bryan Mills (Clive Standen) developed and sharpened his particular set of skills. Liu will play Faaron, a member of the team whose job it is to act quickly in support of the team on the ground. Liu is coming off Canadian series Blood and Water. He’s repped by Characters Talent Agency and East West Artists for Management.

Yul VasquezParisa Fitz-Henley (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice) and Yul Vazquez (Captain Phillips) are set as series regulars in NBC’s supernatural drama pilot Midnight, Texas, based on the bestselling trilogy by Charlaine Harris. Written by Monica Owusu-Breen and directed by Niels Arden Oplev, Midnight, Texas is described as “Twin Peaks meets True Blood” in Midnight, Texas, a remote town where your neighbor could be a vampire, a witch, a werewolf, or even an angel. Fitz-Henley will play Fiji, a quirky, funny, free spirit who marches to the beat of her own drum. Vazquez is the Reverand, a grizzled Mexican cowboy who always wears his Stetson boots. He presides over the wedding chapel and cemetery. Fitz-Henley, repped by CESD, Washington Square Films and Peikoff/Mahan, recurs on Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Vazquez played the series regular role of President Westwood on The Lottery and recurred on Divorce.