Paul Walker’s ‘Agent 47′ Role May be Taken by ‘Homeland’ Star Rupert Friend

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Rupert Friend in talks to play Agent 47 in Hitman Paul Walkers Agent 47 Role May be Taken by Homeland Star Rupert Friend

If the optimism of producers like Avi Arad is to be believed, then a new dawn of great movies based on video games is right around the corner and ready to rival the success of the comic book movie craze. Since the current selection of video game movies ranges in quality from terrible to OK, there’s certainly plenty of room to climb.

Perhaps in anticipation of this video game movie revolution, Twentieth Century Fox is taking another stab at a Hitman adaptation, after the 2007 film with Timothy Olyphant received a thorough panning from critics. The upcoming reboot, Agent 47, will be the feature directorial debut of Aleksander Bach, with a script by Skip Woods (who wrote Hitman, as well last year’s action sequel A Good Day to Die Hard), Kyle Ward (Machete Kills) and Mike Finch (Predators).

The creative team behind this reboot doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence, but the casting of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker as the cold and calculating assassin of the film’s title was likely to be something of a box office draw. Walker was sadly killed in a car accident last November, but the producers of Agent 47 are already lining up a replacement.

Timothy Olyphant as Agent 47 in Hitman Paul Walkers Agent 47 Role May be Taken by Homeland Star Rupert Friend

According the TheWrap, multiple sources close to the project have said that Homeland star Rupert Friend is in talks to take over the role that Walker was going to play. Agent 47 is based on the Hitman video games from IO Interactive, and the main character is an assassin who was cloned to genetic perfection and then trained from an early age to be a perfect killer. In the games, Agent 47 eventually escapes the compound where he was raised and begins carrying out assassination contracts to make the most of his skills.

Friend doesn’t quite look the part of Agent 47, but actors can appear radically different after having their heads shaved and undergoing physical training (see Tom Hardy in Bronson). Besides, finding an actor who will play the role convincingly is more important than finding the most perfect lookalike.

Hitman is one of a number of upcoming movies based on video games, including this year’s Need for Speed adaptation with Aaron Paul and Ubisoft Motion Pictures’ debut Assassin’s Creed, with Michael Fassbender. Right now Agent 47 sounds like a far cry from being the most promising of these projects, but perhaps it will at least be able to improve on the last film.


We’ll keep you updated on Agent 47 as development continues.

Source: TheWrap

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  1. I’m a huge fan of the games. Let’s hope they get the movie right this time…

    • I thought the original film was perfect. I knew of the game and it’s premise, but the film (for me) was fantastic.

      • Obviously never played the games then. The movie was abysmal.

        • The movie was far from abysmal. The Hitman games have never really been ones for a full running story atleast not up until absolution. Each Hitman game has had it’s own story, never really pertaining to each other outside of Agent 47 and the organization.
          The film didn’t have much to work with and did a great job of creating it’s own story. Although I will agree with most everybody else in that he should have not been changed to some abducted orphan and been kept as a clone raised for the sole purpose of being the greatest assassin.

          Hitman is easily the best game to film adaption we have ever gotten. It’s far from crap or abysmal. This movie was a great action film, obviously stuff that could have been better, but that can be said for all game to film adaptions.

          • If you can take a movie based on a game, and pass it off as a solo film not based on a game then they did not do a good job. That is exactly what the first film was. It felt like it was written by a kid in high school who read the back of the game and thought he could draft a screenplay for it. They need to leave my beloved hitman alone.

  2. “we’ll keep you updated” means you guys won’t….

    Whenever I see that posted, no ones ever updated on the status of the film.

    • We said we’d keep you updated last time and here’s an update. ;)

  3. I’m with it. Good pick. He pulls it off on Homeland every episode.

    • That’s what I was thinking, he’s already Agent 47!

      • I’m with you guys, Friend’s performance is one of my favorite parts about Homeland.

  4. I thought the movie was OK, nowhere near perfect, but not atrocious; Olyphant is talented and underrated. The creative team for this movie is terrifying, but I will try to remain unbiased until a trailer is released. I can see the resemblance between friend and 47.

    • @1015

      I love Olyphant, but not for a serious brooding role like Agent 47. He’s HILARIOUS, so him doing slightly comedic roles suits him the best like his starring role in Justified (genius) and A Perfect Getaway.

      I would like to see someone slightly older to play the role, someone who just has that look where he’ll look weird if he smiles, and looks very serious… Can’t think of anyone off the top of my head though.

  5. jason statham

    • I was thinkin him or Luke Goss

      • Luke Goss is my pick also, he’s got that cool sounding American accent, a key trait when playing a character that’s mostly 2D on the page. With 47 missing emotions the character needs that asset to keep us interested, I.m.o. anyway. Plus I liked him in the last 2 Death Race films.

  6. I wish they would stop trying to decimate my favorite franchise. Just leave it alone. Please Just leave Hitman alone. I can live with Robocop. I can live with the destruction of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I can even live with them trying to remake The Crow, but leave my wonderful game series alone. The first film was a travesty, and now they want to bring back the same writer to do it all over again? NO.

  7. With Paul Walker this might have stood a chance of being well received, but not many people know this guy in films so that doesn’t instil confidence in me. I’m not sure if they can make this new one successful, but I hope it’s a good film. I kind of see it pulling a Dredd, where no one wants to see it because the previous one was bad (even though the new one could be good).

  8. Jason Statham

  9. Worst script writing team. EVER. Go in with low to no expectations.

  10. Look I’m just glad they got another one in the pipes…because the first one was a tad be bland (For a Hitman Movie) but was a good direction having him going rogue along the game’s storytelling…hope the plot in this one allows him to really utilize the disguise element of the game to blend in plain sight you know…just my two cents…