The highly stylized action-packed film “Hitman: Agent 47” starring Rupert Friend, Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware re-envisioning of the franchise and re-introduces the barcode tattoed hero known only as 47 who is out to take down a large underground crime organization determined to crack their superhuman abilities for world domination.
An iconic and unique character, Agent 47 (Friend) is genetically engineered for one purpose: non-stop pursuit on his mission until the target is dead. He is the culmination of decades of research – and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. An anti-hero who is a precise, untouchable and elegant killer, Agent 47 dons a very stylish black suit, red tie and is loaded with the most lethal weapons ever created.
Based on the phenomenal game franchise but a totally standalone film, Friend previously stressed in previous interviews that the movie is a story told in its own unique world. “We haven’t messed around with the origin of it. We drop in, at an early point in his career, and it goes from there, but we certainly have not reinvented who he is. That’s stayed the same. The character has stayed true, but we also haven’t made a film of the game, put on the screen. It’s a film from that world that hopefully expands it and enriches it, so if you’ve enjoyed that world, it’s another thing to enjoy.”
Additionally, the actors especially Friend who takes on the titular character, have all went through extensive training for the fight scenes to be believable killing machines. “The action is pretty much all me, actually. I have the scars to prove it.”
Directed by first time helmer Aleksander Bach, the film stars Rupert Friend (“Homeland,” The Young Victoria), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Margin Call), Hannah Ware (“Betrayal,” “Boss”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Dracula,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dan Bakkedahl (The Heat, Observe and Report) and Ciaran Hinds (Frozen, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).
“Hitman: Agent 47” opens August 19 in cinemas nationwide from 20th Century Fox.