Michael Keaton Cast in 'American Assassin'
Michael Keaton has taken a serious swing in the right direction with his performances in the past two years, playing starring roles in both Oscar-winning films of 2014 and 15 respectively.
Now, Deadline reports that Keaton's next role will lead him into the world of assassins, having been officially cast to portray Stan Hurley in the upcoming adaptation of Vince Flynn's American Assassin.
To be directed by Michael Cuesta, the novel series sees Hurley as a Cold War veteran who teaches new CIA recruits about the art of war. Initial reports had Bruce Willis in the role, though Keaton seems a better option in bringing a rounded and multi-layered depiction to the big screen.
No other casting has come out. Chris Hemsworth reportedly had an offer for the film's lead in 2012, but no news on that front has since come forward. Cuesta commented on Keaton's casting:
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.