When Paul Walker was tragically killed in late November, he not only left behind a ton of saddened fans, friends and family – he also left the futures of some films up in the air as well.
This is apparently the right time for announcements about replacement casting, because just this morning Kate wrote about how James Marsden has been offered another of Walker’s roles and now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox International says Rupert Friend (who plays Peter Quinn on Showtime’s “Homeland”) will replace Walker as the lead in Agent 47, the sequel to the 2007 live-action film based on the Hitman video game franchise.
For those of you not familiar with the game, Agent 47 is the name for the bald-headed, bar-coded assassin and was previously played by Timothy Olyphant in the first film, Hitman.
Could be interesting to see where this lands as this will be the first feature film directed by award-winning commercial director Aleksander Bach with Alex Young, Chuck Gordon and Adrian Askarieh producing. Daniel Alter, co-producer of the first Hitman film is back as executive producer so with all the pieces seemingly back in place, Agent 47 is back in pre-production.
In case you raised an eyebrow at Bach’s name (like I did), here’s the commercial he did a few years ago for Red Cross International called “Stars.”
Yeah, I’m totally in.
As someone who plays Hitman and actually saw the first film, I’m gonna pay close, CLOSE attention to this one.
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