Taylor Kitsch joins 'American Assassin' Alongside Dylan O'Brien
True Detective star Taylor Kitsch is set to join Dylan O'Brien and Michael Keaton in an adaptation of Vince Flynn's best-seller American Assassin, CBS Films and Lionsgate have announced.
Michael Cuesta is set to direct the thriller, with a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. The film follows the rise of Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War vet Stan Hurley. Keaton plays Hurley while O'Brien plays Rapp. The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy 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 to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
“For more than a decade Vince Flynn drew praise from the intelligence community for bringing his millions of readers into an intricately constructed world that refuted many of the tired Hollywood clichés about the clandestine services,” said Cuesta. “Authentically realizing that world means bringing together an extraordinary cast and letting them portray characters that defy audience preconceptions.
"We are incredibly fortunate to have an actor of Taylor’s talent joining Michael and Dylan and I believe that together this team will deliver the riveting realization of ‘American Assassin’ that Flynn’s fans have always wanted.”