Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner,” “Teen Wolf”) is in negotiations to play the title character in “American Assassin” for CBS Films and Lionsgate.
Based on Vince Flynn’s novel, the story follows a Cold War veteran (Michael Keaton), who would be the most feared training officer in the CIA if more than a handful of people at the agency actually knew of his existence.
His deputy director tasks him with training a black ops recruit (O’Brien) devastated by the loss of his fiancee to a terrorist attack. The pair is eventually dispatched on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from kicking off a global war.
“Kill the Messenger” helmer Michael Cuesta directs from a screenplay penned by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing and filming begins this Summer.