Eminem’s acting career didn’t takeoff post-8 Mile, but his music has become increasingly prevalent in big-screen releases of late In 2014, his song “Guts Over Fear” was featured in director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, and more recently, Eminem produced the soundtrack and contributed a pair of songs for Fuqua’s boxing drama Southpaw (a project that was once eyed as a potential starring vehicle for the rapper).
One of Eminem’s older musical hits is featured in the latest TV spot for Hitman: Agent 47, the upcoming big-screen reboot of the Hitman video game movie series (see above). The song in question is “Won’t Back Down”, a single from his 2010 album Recovery featuring Pink. Although the tune has been out there for a few years, it’s hard to argue with how well it fits the footage of Rupert Friend as the precise killing machine with no name.
As far as the footage, there isn’t a whole lot of new stuff to analyze in the latest Agent 47 TV spot. It is comprised of mostly quick action beats and more of the interrogation scene that has figured prominently in the film’s marketing.
Here is the official synopsis for the film:
HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Thus far, Agent 47 star Rupert Friend (Homeland) appears to be strong enough in the eponymous role, though one wonders how the late Paul Walker would have fared in the role. Walker was largely known for playing ‘good guys’ onscreen, so his turn to the dark side here could have been an interesting bit of against-type casting.
In any case, Hitman: Agent 47 has a bit of a stigma to overcome when it is released next month. Video game movies aren’t known for being critical darlings in general, while the Hitman movie brand doesn’t have much stored-in good will after the 2007 installment (starring Timothy Olyphant in the lead. Plus, the reboot opens not long after The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and will face off directly against horror sequel Sinister 2. Time will tell if the second time’s the charm for Agent 47.
Hitman: Agent 47 hits U.S. theaters on August 21, 2015.