Michael Keaton cast as Stan Hurley in American Assassin

It’s felt like forever that a Vince Flynn movie was first announced and we started to wonder if it would ever happen.  But fear not, today CBS Films announced the first casting.  Michael Keaton has been cast to play Stan Hurley.

Stan Hurley was a cold war veteran who Irene Kennedy tasked with training Mitch Rapp, as his training progresses the pair are dispatched on a mission in the Middle East to stop a possible World War 3.

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Michael Keaton is an accoplished Academy Award nominated actor who has previously starred in films including Beetlejuice, Batman Returns (as Batman), Birdman, and has voiced severalanimaed films including Minions.

 

The full press release from CBS follows

Michael Keaton To Play Stan Hurley In American Assassin
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced that Academy Award®-nominee Michael Keaton (Birdman, Spotlight) will star in the adaptation of Vince Flynn’s massive bestseller AMERICAN ASSASSIN.  Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).  Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Red) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.

Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton) would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency knew that he existed.  As AMERICAN ASSASSIN begins, Deputy Director Irene Kennedy tasks Hurley with training Mitch Rapp, a black ops recruit devastated by the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack.  As Rapp’s training progresses, the pair is dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.

Published by Atria Books and in mass market paperback by Pocket Books, both imprints of Simon & Schuster, AMERICAN ASSASSIN is one of fourteen 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.

“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,” said Cuesta, who continued. “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.”

AMERICAN ASSASSIN will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate. The film will be co-financed by the two companies with CBS Films handling production and marketing and Lionsgate handling distribution.

Michael Keaton is represented by ICM Partners, Anonymous Content and Wendy Kirk at Ziffren Brittenham LLP.  The film will begin production this Summer.  Like CBS Films, Simon & Schuster is a division of CBS Corporation.

Michael Cuesta to direct American Assassin

After what seems like a long period of no news, CBS have announced the writer and director for the film adaptation of American Assassin.

Michael Cuesta known for among others Kill the Messenger (2014) and Homeland (TV), Dexter (TV) has been signed as the Director of American Assassin.

Stephen Schiff will write the screenplay.  Schiff has written other sscreenplays including Lolita, True Crime, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Filming is due to being later this year (2016)

Chris Hemsworth is NOT Mitch Rapp

Last month we told you that Chris Hemsworth was in talks to star as Mitch Rapp in the film American Assassin.  It has just been reported that Chris Hemsworth has turned down the role.

Deadline reported that a source told them it wasn’t to be because of scheduling issues.  Chris Hemsworth has a busy schedule, as Thor he is currently working on Thor: The Dark World, and he is also scheduled to star in Steven Spielbergs Robopocalyse and the sequel to the Avengers Assemble.

So it seems like its back to the drawing board for Mitch Rapp’s casting.  Who would you have play Mitch Rapp?  Leave a comment and let us know

Chris Hemsworth offered role of Mitch Rapp in American Assassin

After months of speculation and rumor about the possibility of a movie based on one of the Vince Flynn novels, things are starting to come together.  The movie will be American Assassin, chronologically the first in the Mitch Rapp series.  American Assassin charts Mitch Rapp’s entry to the CIA, his training under Stan Hurley (whos role has been offered to Bruce Willis) and his first mission.

It was reported today that Chris Hemsworth has been offered the leading role of Mitch Rapp.

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Australian Actor Chris Hemsworth is no stranger to blockbuster movies, most famous for his lead role of Thor in the Thor Films and Avengers Assemble.  He also starred in Snow White and the Huntsman as the Huntsman.  Despite his lead role in these fantasy films, he’s not an unlikely star for American Assassin, in Red Dawn an action packed film he played the leader of the Wolverines.

It’s reported that Chris Hemsworth has been offered $10 million for the role.  A role which I’m sure Vince Flynn fans will be hoping is the first of a series of films.

So the starring roles are rapidly filling for American Assassin, do you think these are good choices?  Who would you pick?  The role of Irene Kennedy is yet to be announced, who would you select as the female lead?  Leave a comment!

Is Bruce Willis set to star in American Assassin

Just when we thought news of the first Mitch Rapp movie had disappeared forever a new story has hit the internet a new story hits the press.  Before you all scream that Bruce Willis can’t play Mitch Rapp, don’t despair he is in talks to play Mitch’s mentor.  This would suggest that Bruce Willis is set to play Stan Hurley.

Bruce Willis (Photo Credit Gage Skidmore Flickr)

Bruce Willis has a long history as an action thriller star including the Die Hard series, Armageddon and more recently The Expendables and Looper.

The American Assassin Movie is based on Vince Flynn’s 11th book by the same name.  Although the 11th book American Assassin is a prequel telling the story of Mitch Rapp’s entry to the CIA, his training and his first mission.  Hopefully this is the first in a long line of Mitch Rapp movies!

The book has been rewritten into a screenplay by Mike Finch (Predators). Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Traitor) is set to direct, while Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler will produce.

Everything is starting to come together now, and shooting on American Assassin is due to begin next Autumn.  However there is still no actor selected to play the lead Mitch Rapp.

Who would you cast as Mitch Rapp?  Leave a comment.

American Assassin to be made into a Movie

Vince Flynn has announced today on his official website that American Assassin will be adapted into a film by CBS studios.

American Assassin tells the backstory of Mitch Rapp, how he came to be recruited by the CIA, his training and his first mission.

Read the full press release below…

CBS FILMS ENLISTS EDWARD ZWICK TO DIRECT AMERICAN ASSASSIN
ZWICK AND MARSHALL HERSKOVITZ WILL ADAPT VINCE FLYNN’S #1 NY TIMES BESTSELLER

LOS ANGELES – June 8, 2011 – CBS Films announced today that Oscar©-winner Edward Zwick (The Last Samurai, Blood Diamond) is attached to direct the film adaptation of American Assassin from a screenplay by Zwick and Oscar©-nominee Marshall Herskovitz.  The film is based on the #1 NY Times best-selling novel by Vince Flynn. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED) via di Bonaventura Pictures and Nick Wechsler (The Road, We Own The Night) will produce along with Zwick and Herskovitz.

American Assassin tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete.  Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nation’s most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution.

“The Mitch Rapp novels are as thrilling and entertaining as they are relevant,” said Zwick, “and I am delighted to be given the opportunity to translate them to the screen.”

American Assassin is the eleventh entry in the Mitch Rapp series.  The series has sold more than 13 million copies in the United States alone and more than one million in 19 international markets.

“I have no doubt that Edward Zwick will do an incredible job of bringing Mitch Rapp to the big screen,” said Flynn. “Ed is among the smartest and most innovative filmmakers in Hollywood and I am fully confident that he is the right man for this job.”

Senior Vice President of Production Maria Faillace and Creative Executive Ryan Conroy are overseeing the project for CBS Films, which has been developing another Mitch Rapp novel, Consent to Kill.

“We were prepping Consent to Kill when Vince told us he was going to tell Mitch Rapp’s origin story in American Assassin.  From there it was a natural decision to introduce audiences to Mitch Rapp – the man before he became the legend,” recalled CBS Films President and CEO Amy Baer.

CBS Films controls the rights to the entire series as well as any new sequels and spinoffs. CAA represents Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.  Attorneys Eric Brooks and Carlos Goodman of Bloom Hergott represent Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler.  Vince Flynn is represented by ICM.