Rupert Friend Replaces Paul Walker in the ‘Hitman’ Reboot ‘Agent 47’

The late Paul Walker became attached to the project last February. Aleksander Bach is directing this action thriller based on the video game.
The late Paul Walker became attached to the project last February. Aleksander Bach is directing this action thriller based on the video game.

Homeland star Rupert Friend is in negotiations to replace the late Paul Walker in 20th Century Fox's Hitman reboot Agent 47.

Paul Walker had been attached to the project since February, and he had planned to shoot the project after he wrapped production on Fast & Furious 7. The actor tragically passed away in late November from injuries sustained in a car crash.

Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut, working from a script by Michael Finch and Skip Woods, who wrote the 2007 video game adaptation Hitman, which made $100 million worldwide and starred Timothy Olyphant. No story details have been released, although the original movie and the video game follow an assassin known only as Agent 47, who has a barcode tattooed to the back of his head. The Square Enix video game series has sold more than 20 million units since the franchise was launched.

Rupert Friend's big screen credits include Pride & Prejudice, The Libertine, Cheri, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Young Victoria.

Hitman: Agent 47 comes to theaters August 28th, 2015 and stars Zachary Quinto, Rupert Friend, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Hannah Ware, Emilio Rivera, Dan Bakkedahl, Rolf Kanies. The film is directed by Aleksander Bach.


Sources: The Wrap

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  1. skywise

    Paul Walker would have been awesome in that role but this is a decent replacement. Interested to see or hear more news as this develops.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. EmmyttWolfe

    Just can this movie...

    1 year agoby @EmmyttWolfeFlag

  3. Replicant

    Wow, I had totally forgotten that Paul was set to star in Hitman.

    I've seen this guy around, he's got what it takes, but a script by Skips Woods will undoubtably ruin the movie.

    1 year agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. TheObserver

    Plus he looks the part

    1 year agoby @TheObserverFlag

  5. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    With respect to Paul Walker, that's a pretty good replacement. Don't know if he can lead a movie, but he's been great in Homeland.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

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