First Look: American Assassin’s Mitch Rapp!


Vince Flynn’s novel American Assassin introduces the character of Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit with certain specialized skills.

CBS Films is adapting the novel as the first in a potential series. American Assassin stars Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) as Mitch Rapp and Michael Keaton as his handler, Stan Hurley.

Directed by Michael Cuesta, American Assassin is now filming in Europe. CBS Films has just released the first photo of O’Brien as Mitch Rapp. Check it out after the break.


AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) 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 (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.

The film is being directed by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.) from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush).

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

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, Deepwater Horizon, Salt) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, Magic Mike) are producing the film.  AMERICAN ASSASSIN will be the latest release in the partnership between CBS Films and Lionsgate.  The movie is currently filming in Europe.

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