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Michael Keaton to star in American Assassin

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Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Keaton is to star in terrorism thriller American Assassin.

Based on the novel by Vince Flynn, which has been adapted for the screen by Stephen Schiff, the story will follow counter-terrorism agent Mitch Rapp, who is recruited by the CIA after his girlfriend is killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Keaton will take on the role of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley, a feared training officer in the CIA.

As American Assassin begins, deputy director Irene Kennedy asks Hurley to train Rapp.

As Rapp’s training progresses, the pair go on a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent to stop a mysterious operative from starting World War III in the Middle East.

As yet, the key role of Rapp has yet to be cast. But Michael Cuesta, of under-rated Jeremy Renner flick Kill The Messenger, will direct.

In book form, over 20 million copies of the novel have been sold world-wide, making any film a potential blockbuster capable of kick-starting a new franchise.

Commenting on Keaton’s casting, Cuesta said in a statement: “Stan Hurley is one of the pillars of the Vince Flynn universe and a favourite character for millions of readers, so casting him was a daunting challenge.

“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.”

Shooting on American Assassin is due to start in summer 2016.

Keaton was most recently seen in journalism drama Spotlight, which picked up the coveted Best Picture prize at this year’s Oscars. He will next be seen in The Founder, the story of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc.

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