Deadline reports that NJ native Dylan O'Brien ("The Maze Runner," "Teen Wolf") is in negotiations to play the title character in "American Assassin".
Based on author Vince Flynn's eleventh Mitch Rapp novel that charts 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" director Michael Cuesta will call action from an adapted screenplay written by Stephen Schiff.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler are producing the film
Production begins this Summer.
CBS Films won the rights to the Rapp novels back in 2008 and originally planned to begin the series with an adaptation of "Consent to Kill" that Antoine Fuqua was due to direct Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell and Matthew Fox were all on the list to potentially play CIA agent Rapp.
O'Brien is still said to be recovering from injuries he sustained after an on set accident during production of the adaptation of the third and final book in the Maze Runner Series--The Death Cure.