U.S. Release Date: 8/21/15
Rupert Friend, best known as CIA operative Peter Quinn in Homeland, shaves his head and assumes the title role in Hitman: Agent 47 – a late summer action pic based on the best-selling video game originally developed by Danish company IO Interactive.
This is not the first time that the franchise has hit the big screen. It happened in 2007 when Timothy Olyphant played the character in Xavier Gens’ Hitman, but Agent 47 producer Alex Young promises this version is “a complete reboot.”
“We wanted a fresh start and a brand new take on this iconic figure,” he says in the film’s press notes.
Anyone who comes up against Agent 47 should not doubt the guy’s fighting skills for a millisecond. He likely knows enough moves to bust some bodies into serious pieces, and he’s armed with enough weaponry to cause a couple of mini wars. But Aleksander Bach, who is making his directorial feature film debut, also wanted to inject some humanity and emotion into the mix.
“Is it possible to remove the emotions, like love and fear, which make us human?” he ponders.
That’s exactly the type of question that pulled Friend into the Hitman world.
“I’m always interested in what we’re not being shown with a character,” the actor notes. “So if you’re playing an assassin like 47, what is his human side? We wanted to take somebody who is on the surface a perfect killing machine, and then explore his other traits. That intrigued me.”
However, 47, created during a super hush hush experiment back in the ‘60s, is supposed to be sans human emotion. His mission is to prevent a mega corporation from creating an entire army of super agents – something that prompts him to team up with Katia (Hannah Ware). Katia, it turns out, possesses a connection to a certain Dr. Liventko (Cirian Hinds) – the scientist responsible for devising the original experiment that led to 47’s creation.
“Katia leads a nomadic existence and has no interest in socialising – or anything else, for that matter – that could distract her from her goal,” Ware reveals. “So she doesn’t really fit in anywhere or with anyone.”
At the same time, says Ware, the character is hardly a pushover. Indeed, the actress insists her alter ego is more than capable of holding her own and kicking plenty of butt.
“She’s fierce and brave. I can identify with her resolve.”
During the course of events, Katia discovers a special connection with Agent 47, who teaches her how to survive.
“It’s a huge rite of passage for the character,” says Ware. “47 teaches Katia and frees her in ways beyond her understanding, at first. He tests her, which reveals Katia’s true nature. It’s ultimately very liberating for her.”
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Aleksander Bach
Stars: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Cirian Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann and Angelababy
Screenwriters: Skip Woods and Michael Finch. Story by Skip Woods.
Producers: Charles Gordon, Adrian Askarieh, Alex Young and Skip Woods.
Quote and Info Source: Press Notes
Image Info: Photo credit: Reiner Bajo – TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved. Not for sale or duplication
This ENTAction Special Feature Was Posted On: 8/20/15