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Hitmaker: here’s Homeland’s Rupert Friend as Agent 47 in the new Hitman movie

For the sake of comparison: Agent 47 in Hitman: Absolution.

Did you hear? Carrie Matheson’s long-suffering sidekick has become Agent 47. I find it’s best to imagine the two characters as part of one continuous piece of fiction: in which CIA Agent Peter Quinn breached his moral code on so many occasions that his hair fell out and cheese wire murder became a-okay.

Yep, he’s doing the bald-and-scannable-at-Morrisons thing. Check out a couple of images from the film below.

The first appears to show Friend climbing out of his bright red stealthmobile and stealthing two bads in the face at once.

The second finds Friend stealthily storming an attic bedroom of some sort, while blood sneaks stealthily down his brow.

Friend was cast last year after the death of original actor Paul Walker. He’ll be joined by Zachary ‘Spock’ Quinto as John Smith, and Hannah Ware as Katia van Dees. The plot sees 47 seek Katia out, only to have her “present him with his biggest challenges”.

“I want to do as much different stuff as possible,” said Spock of his role in the film. “I want to always move beyond and keep a career interesting. I can’t wait to show this film to you all.”

The director is Aleksander Bach – a seasoned adverts man now trying his hand at feature films. Comic-Con attendees saw a trailer during a panel this weekend, which had Agent 47 escape an interrogation room through means foul and unfair.

How high are your hopes? They’ve got to be taller than those for 2007’s Timothy Olyphant effort, surely. The man’s name sounds like elephant, for pity’s sake. Unfortunately, the Thief movie has ended up in that dilapidated old stable.

Thanks, Gamespot.