Michael Keaton is the first star to be added to the lineup for the film adaption of Vince Flynn’s bestselling novel American Assassin. 


Michael Cuesta is set to direct the new film with CBS Films and Lionsgate. Keaton won’t be playing the main character but rather Stan Hurley, the badass Cold War veteran who teaches the young assassin, Mitch Rapp, everything he needs to know. The book is part of a 14 novel set all centered around Rapp’s world. The series has sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide.

The story centers around Rapp after his fiancé is killed in a terrorist attack. He will be trained by Hurley and the two are sent out on a mission together with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.

Production for the film will start this summer.

“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. “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.”

Keaton is riding high since his latest movie, Spotlight recently won the Oscar for Best Picture.

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