English actor and Homeland star Rupert Friend has begun filming the movie Agent 47 based on the Hitman games, and we now have our first look at the actor in character thanks to IGN. The film is directed by Aleksander Bach in his big screen debut, and it also stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story) in an undisclosed supporting role and Hannah Ware (Betrayal, Oldboy) as the female lead.
The role was originally meant for Paul Walker, but Friend replaced the Fast and Furious star following his death on November 30, 2013.
Friend is best known to American audiences for his role as Peter Quinn in Showtime’s Homeland. He joined the cast as a recurring character in season 2, then went on to become a full cast member in the third season. He earned a handful of award nominations for his portrayal of Quinn, including a 2013 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
The film will act as a reboot to the film portion franchise following the 2007 film Hitman, which starred Timothy Olyphant. Hitman was made for around $24 million and went on to earn $100 million worldwide, prompting a sequel. That particular project fell apart, however, partly due to Olyphant’s lack of interest. This led 20th Century Fox to the decision of starting over completely.
Filming is currently taking place in Europe, but no release date has been set yet.