The Lerners review “American Assassin” on Movies and Shakers


A new franchise is “Bourne” or is it just a wannabe? Director Michael Cuesta (Dexter, Elementary, Homeland TV series), was looking to make this geopolitical counterterrorism thriller like the Bourne or Bond films. It’s based on the series of 15 novels, all New York Times Best Sellers, by Vince Flynn.

But this is the origin story and Cuesta says one of the reasons he cast Dylan O’Brien is because he is the same age as main character Mitch Rapp, and he’s already proven himself in action films including the Maze Runner films and Teen Wolf TV series. This is O’Brien’s first return in an action film after being hospitalized with a serious head injury when a stunt went wrong shooting “Maze Runner : The Death Cure” coming out next year.


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