Back in September, we got our first look at Dylan O'Brien as Mitch Rapp in the upcoming adaptation American Assassin, based on author Vince Flynn's long-running novel series. Today we have even more new photos that offer a closer look at Mitch Rapp, and our first glance at several new characters, including Michael Keaton's Stan Hurley, Mitch's mentor, Sanaa Lathan as CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy and Taylor Kitsch as a mysterious villain who goes by multiple names. Production is still under way in Europe, so it may be quite some time before we see the first trailer.
American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation's most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution. These photos come courtesy of USA Today.
American Assassin follows Mitch Rapp's early days as a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) directs from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush). Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, American Assassin is one of fifteen Vince Flynn novels set in the world of counterterroism operative Mitch Rapp. Every single one has been a New York Times bestseller, the three most recent entries have been number one New York Times bestsellers and the series has sold nearly twenty million copies to date.
This project has been in development for several years, and before Dylan O'Brien came aboard, Chris Hemsworth was reportedly offered $10 million to play Mitch Rapp, but he turned it down due to scheduling issues. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Salt) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film. American Assassin will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate. Take a look at the new photos below from American Assassin.