I will continue to say that we have yet to see Sanaa Lathan truly deliver as an actress on the big screen. I think lack of opportunity has prohibited her from flexing her acting skills, though her unhinged portrayal in Out of Time offered a snippet into her potential. But we still need to see more commanding performances like that. Will AMERICAN ASSASSIN be the film that catapults her career? Eh, I doubt it. But she teams with Michael Keaton as a CIA Deputy Director. So there's that.
Along with Lathan, who's just been announced as a new name in the cast, Shiva Negar (Hemlock Grove, 24 Hour Rental) also joins the film as a badass Turkish agent on a mission to stop a spree of terrorist attacks in the Middle East. Here's a little more on the film from a press release issued by CBS Films and Lionsgate on Wednesday:
AMERICAN ASSASSIN follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
The thriller is adapted from Vince Flynn's bestselling counter-terrorism book of the same title by Stephen Schiff (The Americans, Ultimate Rush) and directed by Michael Cuesta (Kill The Messenger, Homeland, L.I.E.).
I know he's still trying to win over many critics, but Taylor Kitch pleasantly surprised me in both The Normal Heart and True Detective, so I am interested to see what he brings here. And Keaton is just always the bee's knees. So, let's just say I am cautiously optimistic about this one.
What say you?