Chris Hemsworth is Taking Aim at Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin'
by Ethan Anderton
October 11, 2012
Next year Australian actor Chris Hemsworth will be picking up the hammer of Thor for a third time in the Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. But following this year's appearance in the remake of Red Dawn (watch the trailer here), we'll see him pick up a gun again as well. Deadline has word that Hemsworth has an offer to star in American Assassin, the adaptation of Vince Flynn's novel of the same name, marking the first big screen version of the author's recurring character Mitch Rapp. This comes after news that Bruce Willis was negotiating to play Rapp's CIA mentor in the film from Traitor director Jeffrey Nachmanoff.
Though this is the first film in a hopeful franchise for CBS Films, the adaptation is actually based on the 11th book in Flynn's series featuring Rapp. It works out though because that book is actually a prequel that shows how Rapp went from a college student and athlete to becoming one of the most deadly terrorist hunters for the CIA. If you haven't seen the underrated Traitor starring Don Cheadle, it might help to know that Nachmanoff has also directed some episodes of the Emmy winning drama "Homeland" on Showtime. Hemsworth is certainly keeping his profile high outside of his work with Marvel as the God of Thunder, and I'm anxious to see how he does leading a grounded action thriller like this.