Dylan O’Brien looks like a total bad*ss in the first official photo from the set of his new movie American Assassin. The Teen Wolf star, gun in hand, is standing over a concurred foe in the image released by CBS Films.
Fans of the 25-year-old actor wasted no time in showing their appreciation for his fierce new look, taking to social media with a range of reactions.
YASSSSSSS! FIRST OFFICIAL PIC FROM AMERICAN ASSASSIN!
— Lyra @ SDCC 🤓 (@TheAltSource) September 12, 2016
O’Brien’s Very Adult Role
In the movie, O’Brien plays Mitch Rapp; a CIA Black Ops recruit under the tutelage of a veteran agent played by the incomparable Michael Keaton. They’re up against Taylor Kitsch (Friday Night Lights, True Detective) who plans to start another war in the Middle East. There’s also Shiva Negar as a “lethal Turkish agent” and Sanaa Lathan as the deputy director of the CIA. The film just started lensing in Europe this month.
American Assassin marks the first time O’Brien returned to work since an accident on the set of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. A failed stunt left him severely injured and recovering for five months. Due to all that, the first post-accident photograph of O’Brien came in August.
At the time, many speculated his untended facial hair might be for the Mitch Rapp role. It seems, if that’s the case, it was for just a few shots as he is now clean-shaven.
In addition to Keaton, O’Brien is working with acclaimed director Michael Cuesta. He’s the mind behind Kill the Messenger with Jeremy Renner and won an Emmy for his work on the Homeland pilot. While this is just one movie, it is based on a series of Mitch Rapp novels by author Vince Flynn. This could be the start of a franchise for O’Brien in the vein of Jason Bourne and Mission Impossible.
O’Brien’s next movie, Deepwater Horizon, debuts in theaters September 30. He will next appear as Stiles Stilinski in Teen Wolf Season 6 when the show debuts on MTV on November 15 at 9 pm.