In the wake of Paul Walker’s death, almost all of the discussion has centered on the future of the Fast & Furious franchise and what the loss will mean for the upcoming Fast & Furious 7. That shouldn’t be a big surprise considering how successful the movies are and how much people love his character in those movies, but what many people seem to be overlooking is the fact that Paul Walker had been attached to star in a few other movies that will also need to find a way to move forward. One of those movies is a Nicholas Sparks adaptation called The Best Of Me but the potentially bigger deal is a new movie based on the Hitman video game series called Agent 47. Fox is no doubt hoping that they can spawn a franchise from this reboot and now this week they have settled on a replacement for Paul Walker.
According to The Wrap, Rupert Friend is currently in talks to take over the lead role in their upcoming Hitman reboot Agent 47. Friend starred in the period drama The Young Victoria as well as Renny Harlin’s Georgia / Russia war drama 5 Days of War, but he is best known for playing C.I.A. agent Peter Quinn on the Showtime series Homeland. (On a related note, Deadline is reporting that James Marsden may replace Paul Walker in The Best Of Me.)
Although Rupert Friend is not really a recognizable name at this point, I think he is arguably the better choice. His role on Homeland has definitely prepared him for playing an intense assassin who is a man of few words. Still, the more important question is how does he look with a shaved head??? Agent 47 will be helmed by first-time director Aleksander Bach based on a script by Kyle Ward (Machete Kills), Skip Woods (A Good Day to Die Hard) and Michael Finch (Predators). Do you have any interest in seeing a Hitman reboot starring the guy from Homeland?