Chris Hemsworth, Bruce Willis in talks for American Assassin


Big-timer Chris Hemsworth has been offered $10 million to play literary hero Mitch Rapp in the feature adaptation of Vince Flynn’s “American Assassin”.

CBS films are hoping Hemsworth might be enticed into doing a string of Mitch Rapp films – a’la Paramount’s ‘Jack Ryan’, which Chris Pine is headlining. Bruce Willis has also been offered a role in the film, playing Hemsworth’s on-screen mentor.

Deadline, who broke the news, mentions that “American Assassin” is actually the 11th book in the Rapp series, but since the story is a prequel, it’d perfect for a first film.

“The novel is a prequel that explains how tragedy transformed Rapp from a college scholar and athlete into a ruthless hunter of terrorists for the CIA. Bruce Willis is also in talks, to play Rapp’s mentor. The film will be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, who has covered the terrorist hunting terrain directing episodes of Showtime’s Homeland and also helming the Don Cheadle thriller Traitor. Nachmanoff also co-wrote with Roland Emmerich The Day After Tomorrow and helmed the pilot for the Dick Wolf-produced NBC series Chicago Fire.”

With his “Thor” commitments, as well as possible “Snow White and the Huntsman” franchise on the boil, Hemsworth’s going to be pretty solid booked for the better part of a decade if he signs on for the CBS Films’ franchise.

Mike Finch wrote the latest draft of the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler will produce.