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)

Vince Flynn Interviewed about The Last Man

Vince Flynn has been on TV and radio a lot recently.  He’s been doing interviews for his latest novel The Last Man.  I wanted to share this clip which Vince has posted on his official Youtube Channel as he gives both insight into the upcoming film aswell as his writing process in his new book.  Below is a transcript of the interview, apologies for any mistypes they are all mine!  Vince’s answers are in Italics

Welcome back the hot new page turner The Last Man opens with a graphic execution of four bodyguards and an invaluable CIA agent missing and with him top government secrets. It’s a mission, how do you figure it out, though not impossible for our hero CIA operative Mitch Rapp and of course have to be very careful who you trust on the inside
international best-selling author Vince Flynn wrote of course this fourteenth, did I get the number right – Yeah – thank you I’m glad i got it right this time how are you doing?  I’m doing well thank you It’s good to have you here. it’s a good tradition it is a great tradition, you’ve been here for every single and we appreciate you coming back.  Going back to ninety-seven August of ninety seven Wow so you have a good memory…
I had a chance to get this book about ten days ago and you know you always give us a little grief from saturday morning show that we don’t always finish the books but the last three I have.  It’s usually Perk and I don’t think he even starts them.  I love the guy but he’s not really a reader, I don’t know why he interviews authors.  I couldn’t put this down late in the week, I finished it Thursday
night and um… the middle towards the end is phenomenal, not that the beginning is bad or anything, but the bottom line is it’s not really my genre typically. Yep and there’s so many players involved in this and it is in Afghanistan right out of the bat.  So what I like the way you did it for me I don’t know for whatever reason the need for the novice is that every chapter right away you put yourself in a different place and then right away you know exactly crew which players were talking about you know. so thank you for doing that

You know i talk to inspiring writers and I’m like don’t try to create a new mousetrap.  I have a general rule of thumb when I start a new chapter and I try to keep my chapters short cause it creates a sense of urgency, is in that first paragraph you better let the people know the time the place the weather uh… all the little pertinent details and it’s not that hard to do.  You know it was warm, it was cold Mike walked into the room, whatever and you just kinda get the mood set and then you go ahead and get into the details but – I don’t enjoy that reading you know – I don’t want to work hard reading what happened to try to figure out where are they and what time of the day’s is it and where you know.

Because this whole of subject matter that you are of course diving into is right now Afghanistan, pakistan and the bad news is page by page what your reading is happening and that’s what kept me.  You know the the previous two books were prequels, I went back, you know I always want ed to write about Rapp in his twenties, how he was recruited how he was trained and i enjoyed doing that but then i was starting to miss the part of my job that I had fun with it which is trying to predict what’s gonna happen next and so i want to get back to the here and now so this is Rapp in Afghanistan right now and i had to sit down and kind of predict what’s Afghanistan gonna look like in uh… historically very difficult to withdraw from a military conflict like this, they take shots at you people who are your allies all of a sudden become your enemies and we’ve got a lot of thin allies as we’ve rolled through the deal, uh… people who as I discussed the book have been bought off with bags of cash to be our friends for you know a month or two months or a year or whatever.

and they know you’re leaving They know your leaving and Afghanistan is about surviving for those people.  So this touches on the green on blue violence which has become such an issue, such as you know a high-ranking military officer who is mary had an affair with the state department employee who’s married.  Now that would be amazing.

and an FBI agent who is really out of control and wants to take down an element within the CIA and is very very focused on and gets caught up in a, and doesn’t reveal itself tell the and then you can start thinking about on what’s going to happen and of it wraps up very nicely and i
have to tell you that uh… i love the fact that you have so many strong smart competent females and even more this book than others.  Well it helps being married to one, yeah I know absolutely.  You can kinda shape the character a little better.

Ok so I have a couple of questions, somebody asked this week a good friend of yours who read all your books, are you ever write a different genre down the road like kids books? You know my daughter Ingrid has shown some ability that she could be a good writer and so there’s a thought there that maybe I do something with one of the kids one day but I get paid extremely well to write these books, I love writing them.  The key for me is to just not get distracted for the moment I I I see other writers running around doing all kinds of different things and for me you know it’s why we still live in the twin cities.  I like my life fairly simple, live in a twin cities, still have all my friends, uh… write one book a year, get to hang out with Lisa and the kids and hang out in the community and not get wrapped up in this flying to LA and New York and all these other places every week.  Well its all about the balance and obviously the balance has led you to be able to continue to write and also the balance of course for your health has probably been just – yeah I uh… you know I’ve got a case of bronchitis right now, Lisa and I had a chance to go to New Mexico before the book came out and i felt great, I got back, I went to New York to do publicity for four days and I went right back in the tank and so now I’m trying to ease back into it and you know that I want to enjoy Thanksgiving with the family and um… and then i gotta start the next book
and otherwise your health Yeah you know, on the cancer front I’m in no pain, which is wonderful cuz I was a lot of pain there for a while
and on my numbers are good I I I go down to mayo every three or four months. I’ve a great doctor in the Twin Cities Bill Huston, a phenomenal doctor down at mayo doctor Eugene Quan and the two of those guys together take great care of me and my family and I’m lucky

a lot of people praying for you so that’s wonderful.  Yes well the prayers are great.  So the book American Assassin is going to be made into a movie.  Yes and it’s going to start in August and Bruce Willis is – Bruce Willis is all but signed, we’re negotiating the finest points, he approved the director, um… something happened where they went and threw a big offer for Chris Hemsworth to play Mitch Rapp $10 Million.  Well Chris Hemsworth that very week decides to switch agency and go to see a which represents Bruce Willis, so now he was gonna get paid more than Bruce Willis and it really created a problem cos you know Bruce Willis is one of the Biggest Actors on the planet.  Hemsworth bowed out last Friday because his schedule wouldn’t allow him to shoot so I think we’re going to lock-up Bruce and now we’re in the midst of searching for
the Rapp please go to the website VinceFlynn.com and submit your choices.  I’m starting to think we’re going to end up with a relative unknown which probably not a bad idea because they can grow within the role.  Yeah, Bruce can run it, he’s so good, he can take the movie over and foster this new guy in Rappdom.  People are looking forward to it but in the mean time you can get the book and read it so congratulations once again always a pleasure being on the show we appreciate it, Vince’s new thriller is called The Last Man, it’s available at all major bookstores everywhere and as Vince was mentioning there are a few signed copies at Barnes and Nobles and also Once upon a crime so you want to go there and check it out we will be right back.

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.

Read an excerpt of Kill Shot

Kill Shot is Vince Flynn’s latest Mitch Rapp Novel.  Killshot is a sequel to American Assassin and continues to tell the story of Mitch’s early career in the CIA.

Click here to visit Simon and Schuster’s website to read an excerpt from chapter 1 of Kill Shot

Kill Shot can be bought now at Amazon


For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of the men responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians including his own girlfriend in the Pan Am Lockerbie bombing – bullet by bullet. His next target – a Libyan diplomat – should be easy. Prone to drink and currently in Paris without a bodyguard, Rapp quickly tracks the man down and sends a bullet into his skull while he’s sleeping. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. When the news breaks that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men, the French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and still on the loose in Paris. As the finger-pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice – deny any responsibility for the incident and race to do damage control. Rapp has become a liability, and he must not be taken alive by the French authorities. But alone in Paris, on the run from the authorities and from his own employers, Mitch Rapp must prepare to fight for his life.

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…


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.

Details of Kill Shot – Mitch Rapp’s Next Adventure Released

Vince Flynn has released more details of his up coming book Kill Shot.  The book follows on from American Assassin following a young Mitch Rapp through his early career with the CIA.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Vince Flynn is back with another nail-biting political thriller that follows the young Mitch Rapp on a deadly mission to hunt down the men responsible for the Pan Am Lockerbie terrorist attack.

For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard.

Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes. The door to the hotel room is kicked open and gunfire erupts all around Rapp. In an instant the hunter has become the hunted. Rapp is left wounded and must flee for his life.

The next morning, the news breaks in Washington that Libya’s Oil Minister has been killed along with three innocent civilians and four unidentified men. The French authorities are certain that the gunman is wounded and on the loose in Paris. As the finger pointing begins, Rapp’s handlers have only one choice—deny any responsibility for the incident and pray that their newest secret weapon stays that way, avoiding capture and dying quietly. One person in the group, however, is not prone to leaving things to chance. Rapp has become a liability, and he absolutely cannot be allowed to be taken alive by the French authorities. But it will soon become clear that nothing is more dangerous than a wounded and cornered Mitch Rapp.

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