Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor, The Cabin in the Woods and Marvel’s The Avengers, has been offered the lead role in CBS Films’ American Assassin, Deadline reports. The film is set to arrive from Traitor director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, based off the Vince Flynn novel officially described as follows:
‘American Assassin’ tells the story of legendary CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Long before he began hunting terrorists, Rapp was a gifted college scholar/athlete. Then, tragedy struck and Rapp was recruited into the nations most elite covert operations program. After completing training designed to teach the kind of lethal skills necessary to target our most dangerous enemies, here and abroad, he is a man reborn with a mission of retribution.
Bruce Willis is also said to be in talks to play a mentor character to Rapp.
Edward Zwick adapted the screenplay alongside Marshall Herskovitz (The Last Samurai). Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, RED) and Nick Wechsler (The Road, We Own The Night) are attached to produce the film, which is based on the eleventh entry in Flynn’s Mitch Rapp series. Another adaptation, Consent to Kill is also in development by CBS Films.
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