Michael Keaton Joins “American Assassin” Film Adaptation

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Michael Keaton has been cast in the big screen adaptation of Vince Flynn’s novel “American Assassin.”

“American Assassin” is to be directed by Michael Cuesta (“Kill the Messenger”), with a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Keaton has been cast as Cold War vet Stan Hurley.

The film is based on one of the 14 novels by Flynn which follow the Mitch Rapp character. All of the books have been New York Times bestsellers. The synopsis for “American Assassin” is the following:

“Two decades after the Cold War, Islamic terrorism is on the rise, and CIA Operations Director Thomas Stansfield forms a new group of clandestine operatives—men who do not exist—to meet this burgeoning threat abroad before it reaches America’s shores. Stansfield’s protégée, Irene Kennedy, finds the ideal candidate in the wake of the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack. Among the thousands grieving the victims is Mitch Rapp, a gifted college athlete, who wants only one thing: retribution. Six months of intense training prepares him to devastate the enemy with brutal efficiency, leaving a trail of bodies from Istanbul and across Europe, to Beirut. But there, the American assassin will need every ounce of skill and cunning to survive the war-ravaged city and its deadly terrorist factions.”

Of Keaton’s casting, Cuesta said, “Stan Hurley is one of the pillars of the Vince Flynn universe and a favorite character for millions of readers, so casting him was a daunting challenge. To have an actor as intelligent and gifted as Michael Keaton bring this beloved character to life is a thrill for everyone involved in ‘American Assassin’ and a cause for celebration amongst Hurley fans the world over.”

This film will be more of a blockbuster for Keaton, who has appeared in smaller, arthouse films over the last two years. The actor starred in both of the last two Best Picture winners: “Birdman” and “Spotlight.”

No word on a production start date or release date for “American Assassin.”