First ‘Agent 47′ Image Released as ‘Hitman’ Reboot Nears Production Start

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agent 47 movie hitman reboot First Agent 47 Image Released as Hitman Reboot Nears Production Start

There was a time when director Xavier Gens’ Hitman video game movie looked to become the first chapter in a new franchise, but the proposed sequel to the action film – a critical bomb that performed so-so in terms of box office – never got off the ground. It’s probably all for the best, though, as Hitman lead Timothy Olyphant went on to star in FX’s acclaimed neo-western TV series Justified instead, while 20th Century Fox has decided to reboot the property with the upcoming Agent 47.

Paul Walker was originally going to headline Agent 47, but following his death the Fast & the Furious actor was replaced by Rupert Friend, who is currently known for playing the effective (if also somewhat tempestuous) black ops agent Peter Quinn on Showtime’s Homeland series. Production on the video game film adaptation will be fully underway in Berlin within the next week (before the shoot moves to Singapore), which accounts for why the first image of Friend on-set as the eponymous operative has suddenly popped up online.

No plot details have been made official yet, but previous reports indicated that Agent 47 follows the title character – a genetically-engineered individual trained as an elite assassin since a very early age – as he strives to protect a waitress (who’s more than she seems on the surface) from a mysterious group known as the Syndicate. Hannah Ware (Boss) plays the mysterious female lead in the Hitman re-do, while Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto will costar in an (as yet) undisclosed role – one that may well be an antagonist, which would be welcome news for fans of the actor’s villainous turns on the TV series Heroes and the second season of American Horror Story (a.k.a. Asylum).

IGN has the first image of Friend dressed in costume as Agent 47; there’s nothing all that revolutionary about his look – the shaven head and dress suit with red tie is par for the course for the video game character – which may (or may not) signal that the Hitman movie reboot won’t be a radical departure and/or re-envisioning of the gaming property that inspired it (given the generic plot, though, it might be best to keep expectations low for this one).

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Agent 47 is based on a script credited to Machete Kills co-writer Kyle Ward (who was originally hired to pen Hitman 2), along with Michael Finch (Predators) and Hitman screenwriter Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard). Commercial director Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut on this project, which – judging by the (not exactly stellar) pedigree of the writers involved – is aiming strictly for the same pulpy action B-movie territory as its predecessor; whether or not it will be an improvement in terms of quality, that’s another matter.

The scenario in which Agent 47 takes advantage of its strong acting leads – by positioning Friend’s character against Quinto as the antagonist – sounds like the kind of promising maneuver that could elevate this particular multi-platform project – into something more than instantly-disposable video game cinema junk, that is. Be sure and let us know if you agree/disagree (or your thoughts/feelings about the Hitman franchise in general), in the comments section.

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We’ll let you know when Agent 47 gets an official release date.

Source: IGN

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  1. I need some water…..Im firsty.

  2. It needs a reboot, that first movie was an abortion….

    • I dunno, I thought it was alright. Generic as hell but not that bad. Olga Kurylenko was definitely the highlight either way.

  3. Absurd to put another so called love story, just like the first one, it’s gonna be a disaster.

    • I resent that. Just because a woman is in, doesn’t make it a love story. In fact, in the first movie, the girl was throwing herself at 47 and he goes so far as to sedate her! He acted no different than he did in the game. There was a few female chars in the game, and while 47 does help one escape a brothel, thats it! No romance or anything.

  4. Hair?

  5. This looks awful.

    • Yah, this should be the version of Hitman where Agent 47 gets hooked on crack cocaine, then that guy would look right for the role…

    • Hopefully the guy could act though, haven’t seen anything he’s been in… And hopefully the script will be alright.

  6. I love 47′s character in all the five games, he is one of my favorites main protagonists, however the movie with Timothy wasn’t very appealing, to be honest. I believe that he should have connected more with the character from the video-game franchise.

    I am looking forward for this reboot, it is indeed needed, since the first movie was in some way, really disappointing. I hope they do relate it more heavily to the game’s character, because that 47 is the original and the perfect one.

  7. Glad this is finally seeing new light. I never though the first movie was all that bad. It is still watchable to this day.

  8. I think Rupert Friend will be great. His acting skills are top notch and if you look at his work on Homeland as the black ops assassin, you’ll see it’s a perfect fit. Despite all the criticism about his hair not being totally shaved here, which I think will be fixed in the end but actually don’t care either way, I think Rupert has the right look. Quinto is another excellent addition. My biggest concern is about the quality of the script, direction, and production.

  9. if this gets a game then Solid Snake should be getting one…i hope

    • movie

  10. Hes not bald enough lol

  11. What?! Paul Walker was originally supposed to play 47? LOL! That would’ve been something. After seeing Friend’s work in Homeland, I am pretty convinced he’ll do a great job. Though they really need “makeup magic” to make his head go “bowling ball bald”.

  12. He looks Russian.