VARIETY – Dylan O’Brien, whose credits include “The Maze Runner,” “American Assassin” and “Deepwater Horizon,” and Maika Monroe, who appeared in “It Follows,” “I’m Not Here,” “The Guest” and “The Bling Ring,” will star in Christopher MacBride’s “The Education of Fredrick Fitzell.”

Protagonist Pictures will handle international sales and launch the film to buyers in Cannes, with ICM Partners and Endeavor Content handling North America.

The film is written by and will be directed by MacBride, whose last film was the critically acclaimed found-footage thriller “The Conspiracy.” Lee Kim (“Operation Avalanche,” “I’ll Follow You Down,” “The Conspiracy,” “Small Town Murder Songs”) will produce for Resolute Films. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures are executive producing.

“Fred (O’Brien) is not a detective, a secret agent or a philosopher,” according to a statement. “He’s a normal guy approaching 30 and going through an existential crisis as he finds himself on the precipice of full-blown adulthood.”

It adds: “After a chance encounter with a man forgotten from his youth, Fred literally and metaphorically journeys into his past. He slowly begins to unravel a long hidden mystery about a missing girl, a drug called Mercury, and a terrifying creature that has now followed him into adulthood… As past, present and future begin to intersect and parallel each other, Fred explores all the possible lives he could lead. Which one will he choose?”

“The script is unlike anything I’ve read,” says Kim, who re-unites with MacBride, having worked together on “The Conspiracy.” “Chris has crafted a unique, brilliant story – one that transcends genre and provides a surreal snapshot of a man on the brink of collapse.”

O’Brien was last seen in the final instalment of the “Maze Runner” trilogy – which to date has grossed just shy of a billion dollars worldwide, and Monroe was most recently seen alongside Timothée Chalamet in “Hot Summer Nights,” which premiered at SXSW.

“The Education of Fredrick Fitzell” will start shooting in summer 2018.


Hi Dylan fans! Sorry for the delay in updates. I’ve been very busy with school and haven’t had all the free time I wish I had. On September 12 (Tuesday), Dylan attended a screening of American Assassin in Los Angeles. He looked so so handsome! You can check out HQ photos from the red carpet as well as the after party. American Assassin hits theaters today! Make sure you go out and see it this weekend!

Tonight, Dylan attended a screening of his upcoming film American Assassin hosted by The Cinema Society in New York City at the iPic Theater. Dylan looked so handsome, as always! <3 Check out the gallery for HQ photos! Keep checking back tomorrow for more additions.

COLLIDER – We at Collider have an exclusive clip from the upcoming thriller American Assassin to share today. Based on the Vince Flynn novel of the same name, the film stars Dylan O’Brien as Mitch Rapp, a CIA black ops recruit who comes under the instruction of a Cold War veteran, played by Michael Keaton. Over the course of the film, Rapp is enlisted to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks that could trigger a third World War.

In this clip we see O’Brien and others participating in a war game that aims to train their quickness in targeting antagonists. It’s a pretty neat sequence—like VR paintball but much more painful—and it shows off some of the dynamic camera work of director Michael Cuesta (Kill the Messenger).

Check out the exclusive American Assassin clip below. Scripted by Stephen Schiff and Michael Finch and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz, the film also stars Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar, Scott Adkins, and Taylor Kitsch. American Assassin opens in theaters on September 15th.

GEEKSPACE – “American Assassin” from CBS Films treated Austin to a very early screening of their new film at the Alamo Drafthouse theater on Tuesday. Stars of the film, Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) and Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf) introduced the film and then answered fans questions about their roles in the soon-to-be released September 15 film.

The film follows Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) as a newly recruited CIA black ops agent under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate the theft of plutonium. As they get closer to the thief, they uncover a plot from a rogue agent (Taylor Kitsch) to steal a nuclear bomb.

Dylan O’Brien discussed his role exclusively with Geekscape.

Allie Hanley: Congrats on the new film. Can you please tell me about your character on “American Assassins?”
Dylan O’Brien: Sure. I play Mitch Rapp. Well, it’s sort of an origin story. My character is a guy who’s had something very traumatic happen to him. He tragically loses the love of his life in a terrorist attack on a vacation. His world gets flipped upside down and this causes him to start training himself to seek vengeance. The CIA intercepts him and then recruits him for this division called Orion.

It’s an interesting coming of age story using the context of the world of the CIA counter terrorism. This character has to grow-up in this world and figure out if he’s just looking to seek vengeance for the rest of his life, or if he can stay in control and be an asset for his country.

AH: This role sounds a bit darker than some of the roles you’ve done in the past.
DO’B: Darker? Yes, it’s a good story and I guess it is pretty violent but nothing crazy. This character is maybe a little older than characters I’ve played in the past. He’s in his mid-twenties, engaged, loses his fiancé, and starts training to be a killer, so ya, I guess you are right .

AH: Will this film be well received in the current political climate?
DO’B: We hope. That was a big concern of ours, -everyone going in. It was mine at first too. I do think we did a lot of work to the script to make it grounded and as authentic as we could. We were all really aware of, and have to be sensitive to the responsibility of the story. At the same time though it is relevant, and broadcasting to a sort of neutral landscape while being authentic and grounded. It just happens to be ubiquitously topical right now.
So, at the same time it’s a fictional story and at the end of the day it’s an action thriller. It’s not the main focus or message.

Back on Monday (July 24), Dylan attended a press conference for American Assassin at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. He looked super great! Check out HQ photos in the gallery!