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Michael Keaton movie based on St. Paul author's book gets release date

The movie also stars Dylan O'Brian, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch.
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A film starring Michael Keaton based on a book written by a late, St. Paul author will get a fall release.

Variety reports Lionsgate and CBS Films have set a Sept. 15 release date for the movie American Assassin, which also stars Dylan O'Brian, Sanaa Lathan and Taylor Kitsch.

It follows Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Keaton), who is commissioned to train black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (played by O'Brien), who recently lost his fiancée to a terrorist attack, against the backdrop of a global terror threat.

The story is one in a series of 14 books set in the world of counterterrorism operative Rapp written by Vince Flynn, the St. Paul author who died in 2013 at the age of 47.

According to his bio, Flynn was a former student of St. Thomas Academy and the University of St. Thomas, and after stints with Kraft Foods he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

Just before he was due to leave for Officers' Candidate School, he was medically disqualified from the Marine Aviation Program due to concussions and seizures he suffered from growing up, and it was then that he started thinking about writing a book.

He self-published his first novel, Term Limits, in 1997 after five years of rejections and saw it go to No. 1 in the Twin Cities, leading to a two-book deal with a Simon & Schuster subsidiary.

Term Limits eventually became a New York Times bestseller. American Assassin, released in 2010, is one of two prequels Flynn wrote to Term Limits.

FOX News reports Flynn died after a two-year battle with prostate cancer. He sold more than 15 million books.

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