The latest Michael Keaton-starring vehicle, “American Assassin,” will bow on Sept. 15, according to Lionsgate and CBS Films.
The film, which also stars Dylan O’Brien, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch, is being directed by Michael Cuesta. Stephen Schiff adapted the screenplay from the Vince Flynn novel of the same name.
Per Variety, the film:
Follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.
As the story begins, Hurley’s deputy director (Lathan) tasks him with training a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent — played by actress Shiva Negar — to stop a mysterious operative (played by Kitsch) from starting World War III in the Middle East.
For a little more detail, the official synopsis of the book is as follows:
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.
The film goes up against “The Solutrean” so far on that date. Stay tuned for more info on the film.