Rupert Friend, who plays Peter Quinn on Showtime’s CIA drama/thriller series Homeland, is stepping into the role of cloned assassin Agent 47 in the upcoming video game film adaptation, Hitman: Agent 47. The ’47’ character was previously brought to life on the big screen by Timothy Olyphant (in his pre-Justified days), though the 2007 Hitman game series adaptation starring Olyphant was only a modest financial success – but also a real critical bust. Hence, the movie property is being rebooted in 2015.
Agent 47, as it were, revolves around Katia van Dees (Hannah Ware), the daughter of the man who was responsible for the creation of the ‘Agent’ assassin cloning program. While she at first believes ’47’ to be a threat to her, Katia eventually joins forces with Quinn’s ‘Agent’ in order to take down a mega-corporation that is seeking to create its own army of cloned killers. However, to do so will require Katia to learn more about the truth of her ancestry, as teased in the most recent Hitman: Agent 47 trailer.
20th Century Fox commemorated the start of 47 days (now less) remaining until Agent 47 opens in theaters, first by releasing a new TV spot for the film (see above). There’s not really much in the way of previously-unreleased footage include here, thought with the 2015 Comic-Con International about to get underway (at the time of writing this) it might not be long before Fox debuts fresh material from its Hitman movie reboot at the studio’s Hall H panel.
Elsewhere, Agent 47 producer Adrian Askarieh (who also produced the 2007 Hitman film) debuted the following “alternative” poster for the movie on Twitter before Fox officially posted it, to mark (less than) 47 days until its theatrical release. You can check out said one-sheet, below:
Directed by music video helmer Aleksander Bach and co-written by Michael Finch (Predators) and Skip Woods – the latter of whom, in addition to the 2007 Hitman film, also penned such critical duds as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Sabotage – Agent 47 looks to be a pretty hollow viewing experience, but a flashy and potentially enjoyably ridiculous one too. The film doesn’t seem to have carried over the low-key, stealth assassin action of its source game series, though, so we’ll have to wait and see if moviegoers are still in the mood for over the top shoot-outs and set pieces near the end of Summer 2015 (when Agent 47 arrives).
Rounding out the cast of Agent 47 are such folk as Zachary Quinto (Star Trek), Ciarán Hinds (Game of Thrones), Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron), and Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy).
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in U.S. theaters on August 21st, 2015.
Source: 20th Century Fox