When Paul Walker died tragically in a car accident back in November, it took us some time to even begin to worry about the future of the films he was involved with at the time of his death. But now that the studios have had month to grieve, they have the hard task of replacing the actor in the movies he was slated to star in.
One of those films was the sequel to the video game movie Hitman. The film, titled Agent 47, was supposed to be one of Walker’s next films although he died before shooting could begin. His part has now been recast with Homeland actor Rupert Friend stepping into Walker’s shoes.
“Homeland” star Rupert Friend has come on board to replace Paul Walkerin Fox International productions pic “Agent 47.” … Plot details are unknown but the film is a sequel to the 2007 “Hitman” movie starring Timothy Olyphant that was based off the Square Enix video game.
Walker was set to star in the film, replacing Timothy Olyphant in the lead role. That role has now been handed over to Friend who will use it as a potential big break to his career outside of the success he’s had on Homeland.
The decision to replace Walker is the second time since his death that a major movie has decided to alter its production. Fast and Furious 7 chose to retire his long running character Brian O’Connor rather than replace him following his death.