Agent 47

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With Paul Walker‘s untimely passing comes casting holes in upcoming films he was set to star. 2007′s Hitman, based on the popular video game featuring an elite assassin originally starred Justified-lead Timothy Olyphant, but its upcoming sequel, Agent 47, was to begin shooting with Walker in the title role after completing his Fast and Furious 7 duties. It now appears Homeland star Rupert Friend is in early discussions to fill the position in his stead. Friend is also known for his role in 2008′s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. James Marsden is also in preliminary talks to take Walker’s place in the Nicholas Sparks romantic novel adaptation of The Best of Me, where he’d star alongside Michelle Monaghan as reunited high school sweethearts in rural North Carolina. Marsden is best know in his role as Scott Summers/Cyclops in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, and most recently appeared in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues alongside Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.  

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Paul Walker Hitman

According to Deadline Hollywood, Fox is looking to take another shot at the world of Hitman despite the relative weakness (box office and quality-wise) of the 2007 video game adaptation starring Timothy Olyphant. Since bad ideas hate rolling solo, the studio has decided to hire Paul Walker to shed his hair and star in the project they’re calling Agent 47. Plus, if this didn’t already sound like an ambitious step toward mediocrity, it comes from screenwriters Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Woods’ Good Day to Die Hard isn’t yet available for judgment (it hits next week), but he wrote the earlier Hitman as well as X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The A-Team. Finch’s sole credit is for Predators. The cherry on top of the coffin is that they’ve hired  So there may be some interesting ideas here, but the decision to cast Walker is about as bad as my Photoshop job up there. There’s a version of studio math here that adds up because of the Fast and Furious franchise, but if Fox thinks that audiences come for anything but the fast cars, they’re in for a surprise here. Walker is about as unnatural an actor as they come, and trying to imagine the guy from Meet the Deedles acting hardcore stretches the imagination too far. Hopefully they leak a screen test soon.

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