USA TODAY – LOS ANGELES — Dylan O’Brien knew there would be online turbulence when he was cast as black ops killer Mitch Rapp in American Assassin.

O’Brien, 26, understands that fans of Vince Flynn’s best-selling novels might not visualize the star of MTV’s Teen Wolf as the guy to take on the lethal hitman, a part that Thor’s Chris Hemsworth turned down for scheduling reasons.

“Maybe people didn’t assume I could step into this role and be believable,” says O’Brien. “All’s fair in filmmaking, but no one knows you like yourself.”

He knew he could defy those expectations, unleashing an angry young killer-in-training in the edgy origin story American Assassin (in theaters Friday), a portrayal fueled by O’Brien’s emotional return from an injury last year on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure that nearly ended his career.

He was cast in Assassin while holed up in his L.A. home, feeling angry and depressed as he recovered from a serious head injury suffered when he was thrown from the harness of a moving vehicle during a stunt.

“There’s the physical recovery. And you’re going through a post-traumatic psychological recovery as well,” O’Brien says. “Your mind is so consumed with doubt, you’re just beaten down. And you feel guilt in a really weird way.”

Not only was Maze Runner filming postponed because of the accident (the movie will be out in January), but he had doubts whether he could take on any parts, much less an action role.

“You start experiencing things that are abnormal, you’re just not yourself. What you don’t realize is that you’re reacting to a situation where your brain experienced severe trauma,” says O’Brien. “You’re irritable and isolated and you’re angry. So angry. Because that can give you some power back.”

He realized he could fuel those feelings into the character, who loses his fiancée in a terrorist attack, a trauma that consumes Rapp with a desire for revenge as he trains with a black ops specialist (Michael Keaton).

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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.

Earlier today, Dylan visited the BUILD Series to discuss American Assassin with co-star, Taylor Kitsch and director, Michael Cuesta. HQ photos from the event can be found in the gallery and if you missed the interview, you can watch it below.

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.

Yesterday, Dylan threw the first pitch at the Phillies vs Mets game. Check out the photos in the gallery!

CBS SPORTS – Actor Dylan O’Brien joins Tiki and Tierney to discuss the premiere of his new movie ‘American Assassin’, and his experiences growing up in New York.

CBS THIS MORNING – The world met fictional CIA super agent Mitch Rapp back in 1999 in a series of novels by the late author, Vince Flynn. Now the character is moving to the big screen in “American Assassin.” Stars of the action thriller, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Kitsch, join “CBS This Morning” to discuss their new film with actor Michael Keaton.

Today is our favorite Dylan O’Brien’s 26th birthday! On behalf of Dylan O’Brien Daily and all Dylan fans around the world, we wanted to wish you a very happy birthday! We are all wishing you another year of happiness, success, joy, health, love, and more. It has been wonderful to see you out this year promoting Teen Wolf and American Assassin. I can’t wait for the film! Have an amazing day Dylan! <3 Make sure you send all your birthday wishes to @dylanobrien!

In celebration of Dylan’s birthday, I have added additional high quality photos from the American Assassin press conference that took place last month to the gallery! The photos are beautiful! Check them out in the gallery.