Michael Keaton has been cast in American Assassin, CBS Films and Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel.
Keaton will be playing Stan Hurley, a Cold War veteran only a handful of people know even exists. Now a training officer in the CIA, Hurley is tasked with training Mitch Rapp, a black ops recruit still recovering from the loss of his fiancée to a terrorist attack. The pair is soon sent on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent. Their mission: stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.
Michael Cuesta, who directed Jeremy Renner in the impressive yet underseen Kill the Messengers, is at the helm of American Assassin, which comes with a screenplay by The Americans scribe Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers) and Nick Wechsler (The Road) are attached as producers.
“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,” Cuesta said in a press release.
“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 is one of fourteen books featuring counter-terrorism operative Mitch Rapp, who still hasn’t been cast. Assuming all goes well here, don’t be surprised to hear of a planned franchise.
Keaton is proving to be good luck over the last few years. The last two Best Picture Oscars wins, Birdman and Spotlight, have starred Keaton. Next up for the actor is The Founder, a biopic that will see him playing McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc. The Founder is scheduled for U.S. release on August 5, 2016.