On September 15th, Lionsgate will be releasing American Assassin into the theaters. This upcoming action thriller is directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger) and based on a series of novels by the late Vince Flynn.
The film stars Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) as a special agent who carries out covert counter-terrorist operations. Co-starring is Michael Keaton (Jackie Brown), who plays Stan Hurley, Rapp’s instructor/mentor.
According to Deadline, the pair are enlisted by CIA Deputy Director (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of random attacks on military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop an operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a world war in the Middle East.
The most notable star, at least to City on Fire visitors, is the inclusion of martial arts sensation Scott Adkins (Eliminators, Hard Target 2). But as with his role in Criminal, don’t expect to see him get an ample amount of screen time, because we’re thinking his role is more of an “appearance” (hope we’re wrong).
Be sure to read about Adkins’ other looming projects, such as Altar Rock, Accident Man, Savage Dog, and of course, the highly-anticpated Boyka: Undisputed IV. Adkins is currently gearing up for Triple Threat, where he’ll be sharing the screen with Tony Jaa (Skin Trade), Tiger Chen (Man of Tai Chi), Iko Uwais (The Raid 2), Michael Jai White (Falcon Rising) and UFC Champ Michael Bisping (xXx: Return of Xander Cage).
Updates: Watch the film’s newly released Red Band Trailer below: