American Assassin isn’t showing up until next year, but there’s great hope that a new franchise is in the making. With Dylan O’Brien playing a CIA black ops recruit (aka… apparently, assassin) being trained by Michael Keaton, this one should have the potential to pull in audiences. That’s before you even get to the popular book series the film is based on.
O’Brien needs to pull off a bit more depth than we’ve seen from him in his YA novel efforts, but given that he is meant to be a young recruit, and given the rich possibilities of the character as spelled out in the books, this one could be the next big deal.
The film has released some new sneak peek images to start you on the road to excitement. Take a look below, and make sure you keep this one on your radar.
AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) 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.
The film is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) 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 novels set in the world of counterterrorism 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.