Dylan O'Brien is the new Taylor Kitsch in the 'American Assassin' trailer

 mashable.com  6/20/2017 3:11:08 PM   Angie Han

Dylan O'Brien may have shot to fame playing adorable Stiles Stilinski on Teen Wolf, but now he's ready for you to see him in a more intimidating light.

American Assassin stars O'Brien as Mitch, a young recruit into the CIA black ops program. As is usual with these kinds of movies, he's not just talented, he's off-the-charts talented – the likes of which the CIA has never seen before.

Well ... almost never seen before.

As Mitch's mentor Hurley (Michael Keaton) points out, Mitch is actually a lot like another former protégé of his. And that guy, played by Taylor Kitsch, betrayed the agency and is now running around trying to start World War III. Or something.

There's something amusingly meta about a movie that positions Dylan O'Brien as the successor to Taylor Kitsch – another generically handsome white guy who rose to prominence on the strength of a popular TV show, but then struggled to break out as a bonafide movie star. 

Meanwhile, between this and Spider-Man: Homecoming, it looks like Michael Keaton has officially entered the "snarling at younger men" phase of his career.

American Assassin is in theaters September 15. 

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