Just a little over two weeks after it was announced that Homeland’s Rupert Friend would be replacing the late Paul Walker in the lead role in the upcoming film Agent 47, it looks as if they have added another popular name to the cast. Deadline is reporting that Fox International has brought on Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto to the project.
Agent 47 is the follow up to the 2007 film Hitman which was based on the hit video game franchise of the same name. Agent 47 is the protagonist of the series who is usually pretty calm under pressure, and for someone who is contracted to kill people, kind of hates killing those who are deemed “non-targets.”
Quinto has a pretty impressive body of work behind him. Most recently he starred in both Star Trek Into Darkness where he reprised his role from Star Trek as Spock. Before that, he spent two seasons with the cast of the hit FX Original Series American Horror Story.
One of his most recognizable roles was on the hit NBC Original Series Heroes where he played Sylar.
In the original Hitman movie, the role of Agent 47 was portrayed by Justified’s Timothy Olyphant. It’s really no surprise that they decided to continue the series. The original film earned just under $100 million worldwide, with about $60.2 million coming from international markets.
The film is set to be directed by Aleksander Bach. The screenplay has been developed by Skip Woods, who wrote the screenplay for the original Hitman film, along with Kyle Ward, who developed the script for Machete Kills, and Mike Finch.
According to reports, the movie could start filming as early as March.