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'Homeland' actor takes over lead in Hitman film following Paul Walker's death

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Following Paul Walker's death over the Thanksgiving break from filming 'Fast and Furious 7', various projects he was involved in have had to be recast. One of these, the Square Enix 'Hitman' adaptation 'Agent 47' has seemingly found a new lead actor. The Wrap is reporting that Rupert Friend, better known as CIA agent Peter Quinn on the Showtime series 'Homeland', is in talks to take over the role.

Paul Walker was scheduled to begin filming on 'Agent 47' following the wrap of 'Fast and Furious 7'. Friend's credits include a host of period films such as The 'Libertine' and 'Pride and Prejudice', with 'Homeland' marking his most significant work outside of that.

'Agent 47' is a reboot of the 2007 'Hitman' film, which grossed $100 million worldwide. The Hitman franchise from publisher Square Enix has proved to be a best seller, with the last installment 'Hitman: Absolution' selling close to 4 million units worldwide. A 'Hitman' game for the new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is currently in development at IO interactive.

Another Walker film, the Nicholas Sparks adaptation 'The Best of Me', has been offered to actor James Marsden, most recently seen in 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'. Marsden himself even has a small connection to the video game industry, recently appearing in Times Square to celebrate the launch of Skylanders: Swap Force.

What do you think of Friend's casting in 'Agent 47'? Will he be able to take on the role? Sound off in the comments below!

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