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Chris Hemsworth is Taking Aim at Vince Flynn's 'American Assassin'

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October 11, 2012

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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.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Love these kinds of movies. They hit a soft spot in my heart for mindless fun.
  • Cody W
    Cant believe I'm saying it but he would be perfect to play Rapp. Its just too bad CBS is involved, and they are starting with the friggin 11th book in the series....also Hemsworth is gonna have to dye his hair black. My hopes are really though being a die hard fan of the books.
  • Kelly
    I cannot wait for this movie and think Hemsworth would be great. As well as dying his hair he has to lose the accent. But I am a huge Vince Flynn fan so I cannot wait!
  • Dano
    The 11th book is a prequel to the rest of them, its the origin story so it makes sense to start there.

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