According to Deadline, O'Brien would not only play the title character in the "star-making role" as a covert CIA operative, he'd age in the role over time -- starting as college-aged Mitch, and then maturing in what is hoped to be a film franchise. Since Mitch Rapp appears in 14 bestselling novels, there's a lot of potential for the role.
What about O'Brien's injuries? Deadline said production on "American Assassin" begins in the fall, "and they will be working around O'Brien's recovery from injuries." Production doesn't necessarily mean filming, there's a lot to do before the actors show up, but this does suggest O'Brien is progressing in his recovery, especially since this sounds like another action-packed role.
What about "Maze Runner"? No idea. Maybe O'Brien can finish filming that before starting "American Assassin" -- if/when he's even confirmed for Mitch Rapp, beyond these negotiations. Or perhaps they'll have to push "Death Cure" back a year. Stay tuned.
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