Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: Sanaa Lathan Joins 'American Assassin'

Magazine article Screen International

US Briefs: Sanaa Lathan Joins 'American Assassin'

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Sanaa Lathan and Shiva Negar have joined Dylan O'Brien, Michael Keaton and Taylor Kitsch on CBS Films and Lionsgate's American Assassin.

Michael Cuesta will direct the thriller from a screenplay by Stephen Schiff. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler produce.

American Assassin centres on a CIA black ops recruit who teams up with his handler to investigate a wave of random attacks.

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* Focus Features will release Stephen Frears' Queen Victoria drama Victoria And Abdul starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal and Eddie Izzard on September 22, 2017, before expanding wide a week later.

* Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal, set to premiere in Toronto on Friday, will close Fantastic Fest. …

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