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Busy guy, that Bruce Willis. The fifty-seven year old actor is currently shooting the fifth installment of the 'Die Hard' franchise, 'A Good Day to Die Hard,' in Istanbul and will then begin production on Dean Parisot's 'Red 2.' He's also attached to star in the big screen adaptation of the 'Kane & Lynch' video games. All of this with Rian Johnson's 'Looper' hitting theaters on September 28th. Now, it appears he's in discussion with CBS Films to add 'American Assassin' to his hectic schedule. 'American Assassin' is the story of a former grad student who joins the CIA after his girlfriend is murdered by a terrorist. Willis would play the mentor to this titular fledgling assassin. 'American Assassin' will be directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff ('Traitor') from a script by Mike Finch. No official deal has been made.
One thing that can't be denied about Bruce Willis, the guy has aged well. He's one of the few of the old guard action heroes who still seems entirely comfortable while carrying a stunt-heavy action film. This seems to be another perfect part for him, he's most at home playing cops and spies. The plot doesn't sound especially unique or thrilling, but it's the kind of bare bones storyline that gives actors the opportunity to make the film their own without being overwhelmed by gimmick. I'm not terribly familiar with Jeffrey Nachmanoff's work, but he directed a few episodes of 'Homeland' in addition to 'Traitor' so it seems that espionage is a popular subject with him. The thing that's going to prove most important with 'American Assassin' is who they cast as the up-and-coming hitman. Willis will no doubt deliver in the role of the mentor, but if it's to some wooden, flash-in-the-pan box office draw instead of someone could do something interesting with the character, the film will not work. My vote would be for someone like Chris Hemswoth or Zachary Quinto.
What do you guys think? Interested in 'American Assassin?' Who would you cast as the young lead?