Before Paul Walker’s tragic death, the “Fast and Furious” actor was set to star in “Agent 47,” a follow-up to 2007’s “Hitman.” Now, the filmmakers may have found his replacement.
According to reports from both Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, “Homeland” actor Rupert Friend will be filling in for Walker in the title role. Little plot details are known at this time, but the film is based on the videogame franchise that inspired Timothy Olyphant’s “Hitman.”
Aleksander Bach is set to direct “Agent 47″ from a script written by Skip Woods and Michael Finch.
Friend currently stars on the Showtime drama as CIA op Peter Quinn. His previous film credits include “The Young Victoria” and “Pride & Prejudice.”
Walker had multiple projects coming down the pipeline at the time of his November 30 death, including production on “Fast and Furious 7.” Earlier this week, it was reported that Walker’s character in the franchise, Brian O’Conner, would not be killed off. He would instead choose to “retire.” Walker died roughly halfway through filming the project.
Walker also starred posthumously in the indie drama “Hours,” released on December 13. Just two weeks before his death, he spoke with MTV News about the role.
“If you read this [script], just read it, and it doesn’t move you, there’s something wrong with you. You’re probably a robot,” he said in the interview, but confessed that the powerful script also terrified him. “The only way it gets messed up is if I screw up. That’s how I felt.”
Walker had also completed filming on the crime drama “Brick Mansions,” a release date for which has yet to be revealed.