Homeland‘s Peter Quinn (played by Rupert Friend) is taking over the role previously occupied by Justified‘s Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) in the upcoming reboot of the video game movie franchise, Hitman: Agent 47. The new Hitman feature will re-introduce filmgoers to the world of genetically-engineered super assassin clones, under the direction of first-time feature helmer Aleksander Bach – drawing from a script co-penned by Skip Woods (the 2007 Hitman).
The first Agent 47 trailer (which was released just a couple months back) has drawn decidedly mixed reactions; some enjoyed the action set pieces and stylized filmmaking on display, while others remained unsure – some noting that the movie’s marketing seemingly has little in common with the stealth assassination game series that inspired it. Odds are, the newly-unveiled Agent 47 poster will draw equally divided reactions, based on similar reasoning.
IGN exclusively debuted the following Hitman: Agent 47 one-sheet late yesterday (on April 7th – get it?), featuring Friend’s “47” against the backdrop of what looks a bit like the Iron Throne featured on Game of Thrones – if it were composed of guns instead of swords, anyway. The visual once again suggest that Agent 47 is aiming to be more of a shoot-em-up flick than a lean and mean covert killer adventure.
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Hannah Ware (Boss, Betrayal) costars in Hitman: Agent 47 as Katia van Dees, the seemingly ordinary woman who’s shocked to learn that her father (Ciarán Hinds) was the creator of a cloning program meant to design the ultimate deadly “Agent”. Katia soon finds herself caught in the crossfire in a war between the mysterious Agent 47 – the fourty-seventh clone generated by said program – and a shady mega-corporation that is seeking to exploit the Agent “technology” for its own dubious purposes.
Rounding out the Agent 47 cast are such names as Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) and Thomas Kretschmann (Avengers: Age of Ultron), drawing from a script that features contributions from Kyle Ward (Machete Kills) and Michael Finch (The November Man). The screenplay, again, was also co-written by Woods, whose resume includes such infamous recent action genre duds as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, A Good Day to Die Hard, and Sabotage.
All things considered, though, the Hitman reboot has the potential to help in the imminent video game genre boom, but it’s difficult to judge from the marketing thus far, even as it distances itself from the original Hitman adaptation attempt.
Hitman: Agent 47 opens in U.S. theaters on August 28th, 2015.
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