Rising star Dylan O’Brien is going for a major change-up with his newest project, American Assassin, which throws him into some serious action.
Here’s the synopsis:
CIA black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (O’Brien) is still reeling from the death of his girlfriend at the hands of terrorists. When CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) sees an opportunity to use his motivation to stop terrorist attacks, she pairs him up with Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton), so he can be trained to hunt.
Check out the new trailer below:
American Assassin is an interesting move for O’Brien, especially since at the age of twenty-five, he is particularly young to be given the reigns of a potential spy franchise. While the film could fall into the same depths of bad teenage action films like 2011’s Abduction, it doesn’t appear to be the case here. O’Brien looks to have put a lot of work into becoming a credible threat as Rapp, and his on-screen transformation reminds me of a young Mark Wahlberg.
The actor is also paired alongside a great supporting cast including Michael Keaton as mentor Stan Hurley, a tough-as-nails Cold War vet who has no time for his revenge schemes. Originally written for Bruce Willis, the Hurley role is a great part for Keaton, and gives the accomplished actor another edgy character to take on.
Finally, Taylor Kitsch arrives on the screen in his first villain role as a former CIA operative codenamed Ghost. The filmmakers are clearly teasing the idea of Ghost as the prototype Rapp, and the showdown between these two characters should make for interesting viewing.
American Assassin will be released September 14 in New Zealand and Australia and on September 15 in the US and UK.