Diesel leaves, Olyphant joins Hitman movie?

Source: The ever-enthusiastic showbiz rumor mill known as Ain't-It-Cool-News. What we heard: In June 2005, the interests of gamers and film geeks collided. That's when Variety revealed that Vin Diesel would be donning the well-pressed suit of Agent 47, the titular assassin of the best-selling...

Source: The ever-enthusiastic showbiz rumor mill known as Ain't-It-Cool-News.

What we heard: In June 2005, the interests of gamers and film geeks collided. That's when Variety revealed that Vin Diesel would be donning the well-pressed suit of Agent 47, the titular assassin of the best-selling Hitman series from Eidos, in a forthcoming film version.

A gamer since the Dungeons & Dragons era, Diesel helped produce and starred in one of the best-reviewed film-based games of all time, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. Given Diesel's passion for game-movie synergy, news of his casting raised hopes that the big-screen Hitman would be superior to subpar adaptations of the subterranean Uwe Boll subgenre.

In February, Midway Games and MTV Films announced that Diesel would star in both the game and film versions of The Wheelman, an all-new property. A trailer for the game was on display at E3 2006...where nary a word was heard about Diesel's involvement in the Hitman film.

Indeed, little news about Hitman surfaced over the past year until today, when Ain't It Cool News reported that Diesel was off the project. According to the site, he is being replaced by actor Timothy Olyphant (pictured), most famous for his role as the emotionally tortured and often-violent town sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood.

The AICN report says that a script for Hitman by screenwriter Skip Woods (Swordfish) has finally been green lit by 20th Century Fox, one of the studios that pulled out of the Halo movie this fall. The movie is now reportedly being produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson (La Femme Nikita, The Fifth Element), who has all but retired from directing, along with the project's original producers Chuck Gordon, Adrian Askarieh, and Daniel Alter.

The official story: While many sites republished the story as though it was a news release, nothing has yet been publicly confirmed by 20th Century Fox. As of press time, Eidos reps still hadn't heard back from the producers of the film on whether the Olyphant casting was a lock.

Bogus or not bogus?: Though its record is spotty, AICN has a knack for breaking major stories before the trades. However, nothing is official...yet.

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anilm001
anilm001

I personally feel that Diesel would have been perfect, given the fact that his voice and physical appearance suited the role very nicely. Well I m not gonna be happy but lets see what happens???

Umbrella_CEO
Umbrella_CEO

decoy1978 I do think Jason Statham would have made an EXCELLENT Hitman. Though Im gonna reserve more of my judgement about the actor until more press is released. Roger Craig got a lot of flack as the new Bond, but he sold audiences on a more realistic Bond than his predecessors. You don't need to actively look the part to make the character work, though it does help =p -------------------------------------------------------------- I agree with everything you said. Oh, and that's Daniel Craig not Roger Craig. IDK where you got Roger from.

acklawhunt
acklawhunt

Thank god. Vin Diesel is a great actor but Hitman is definitely not for him.

Immortal_Zarok
Immortal_Zarok

I think vin would have made a great 47 it seems like a good role for him although if you want someone who looks like him I always thought that guy from the Transporter movies looked a lot like 47

Khrone68
Khrone68

Personally, I don't really care who plays the role of Agent 47 as long as they can act and have a bald head. If the actor's not bald, then they should shave their head for the role. What I really care about though is how the director and scriptwriters create the character. Being a huge fan of the Hitman series, I definitely do not want to see an Agent 47 with a Duke Nukem-like attitude.

esplender
esplender

well..i guess it would be a dark movie..but definitely a worth-to-wait movie..i'm looking forward for a Hitman that is quiet, don't talk too much, but strangle much, shoot less, and sneak much..how interesting..

furqan2006
furqan2006

the game is so bloody what will the movie look like.

furqan2006
furqan2006

i am a big fan of hitman series and i have played every single hitman game. I would love to see hitman movies for sure

esplender
esplender

may i suggest patrick stewart (capt. Jean-Luc-Picard of the USS Enterprise) to be Hitman?

mac_ronin
mac_ronin

Olyphant for Max Payne ! hmm thats not even a bad idea

mac_ronin
mac_ronin

stupid fools....... diesel isnt cut for th job aswell as for olyphant jason statham is THE best choice i just know he can pull it off.. peroid man if only we could call him

devonne13
devonne13

Vin Diesel is the guy for this movie he look almost like agent 47

hitman047m4
hitman047m4

I still think that Jason Statham is the perfect known established action actor to play the Hitman character...but the people who are running the casting should take a look to more actors, known and unknown...what about David Bateson, the voice and model for the Hitman series...well I still think, and is my personal opinion, that the Hitman character should look or be European, and not a American...well at least I won't have to see Agent 47 saying: "The things I'm gonna do for my country"..."I told him that cigarette would kill him one of these days" or "I live for this ****" The HITMAN has spoken!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I think that Diesel would have been good. Not the acting really, but more of the way Vin Diesel is built. He's strong, and bald. He seems like he could be agent 47

gamerTag-shank
gamerTag-shank

Sherif Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) will make a great Hitman. Do any of us really need to see another deadpan Vin Diesel performance?

dylan111291
dylan111291

Oh David Baeteson voices agent 47! Well There you go David Baeteson Should play the role as agent 47 not timothy or those other guys if hte guy has the voice of agnet 47 form the games he should definitly play the character in the movie. And this movie better not be pg 13 it needs to be something thats gonna hit the box office. Horror rated.

sswajeta
sswajeta

Meh well...never liked Diesel in the first place, i think he's too buff to be Agent 47...but still to replace him with a guy with hair:S ? very awkward even if they do shave his hair off or put a bald wig on or something its still not gonna look as original

nynthninja
nynthninja

this new guy aint such a bad actor but hes not Agent 47, he does look a bit like max payne

Dylanius
Dylanius

My God! Cast David Bateson! http://imdb.com/name/nm0061055/ F****** look at him! He voices 47 and he even resembles him! Sure I respect Diesel, he's an awesome action hero, but I think hes inappropriate for 47. What's their solution? G**D**** pretty-boy Olyphant who belongs on the cover of People. Do I look at either of these actors and think "Hmm. Why, he's just a face in a crowd! Doesn't he look a bit like that clown the neighbors employed a couple weeks ago? Back before that unfortunate poisoning ordeal?" Vin Diesel maybe, but he's way too big for 47. GET DAVID BATESON! I agree with that other Dylan. This movie must be a horror film. Im not gonna settle for a retarded bond-clone shoot-em-up. Jason Statham is a joke. Sure, he could be *a* hitman, but he's in no way anything like 47. 47 isn't even English. Maybe he could pull off an American accent. Using Jason Statham would be like employing Tom Cruise or even Vin Diesel for that matter to play James Bond. Neither of whom are particularly English.

gboy9
gboy9

Vin = 90% looking like hitman olypahnt= negative -89% lookin like hitman. statham=50/50

Seipher85
Seipher85

I've always thought Jason Stratham should be hitman if they ever made a movie. just watch The Transporter.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Vin diesel is the man, its nice that he's going to do videogames voiceovers as well as acting now.

wunder-boy
wunder-boy

ok wtf! ive played hitman since the begining and if this guy in the movie isnt bald ill b pissed!

wunder-boy
wunder-boy

ok wtf! ive played hitman since the begining and if this guy in the movie isnt bald ill b pissed!

Tommi88
Tommi88

he does so not fit the roll...gotdammit Jason Statham shud be in it!! i mean come on ...Olyphant :SS gratz they have just made the biggest mistake in their lives!

Pfilosophy
Pfilosophy

Honestly, Vin Diesel wouldn't have been so bad if people would sit down and think about what an actor can and cannot do and what the 47 role is all about. But whatever. I just wonder about Olyphant. I don't see it.

_AsasN_
_AsasN_

I'm just glad it's not Vin Diesel. He went down on my list of good action celebs when he did XXX. If David Baetson can act (not just voice act) it should be him.

pblancaflor
pblancaflor

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tornadoshank
tornadoshank

They need ta get diesel back!! No one fits the description better even though he is a bit stronger than the game model, but who cares cause he'll be in a suit for like the whole movie...and another thing is that agent 47 dosent talk too much anyway so it dosent matter about the voice talent!!!

dylan111291
dylan111291

Im my opinion I think we need a more slightly mean looking person to play agent 47 and jason statham and timothy oylphant dont look anything like agent 47.

Bulldog19892
Bulldog19892

That guy could shave his head you know. But I have never heard of him.

XchaoticsX
XchaoticsX

statham all the damn way f*%k all the other p%ys

masterchief375
masterchief375

Jason Statham would be a way better Hitman than either one of those n00bz.

McDog3
McDog3

Wow, what did all those people say??? VVV

Gamingcucumber
Gamingcucumber

At least you guys gave the mods something to do...

vamroc
vamroc

They need to make a Max Payne movie and Jason Statham must play him. Hell he even looks like the guy drawn for the box art. Why isn't he the new James Bond. I always thought Christipher Eccelston should play agent 47. When he played Dr. Who you always thought at any moment he's just gonna walk up to Rose give her a columbian neck tie and then have a beer.

EikoAtoride
EikoAtoride

I don't like Vin Diesel because the kids that try to imitate his characters from Triple X and tFatF simply suck. I also don't like his muscles (as I usually don't like muscular guys) and his head being bald (looks funny with a muscular guy). I may like Diesel's own character but I don't know him. But I'll never like his outer appearance. I would agree with Bruce Willis if he was 10 years younger. I won't see the movie, anyways. Too many video game movies have proven to be bad entertainment. Maybe because I expect too much from them.

Game-o_O
Game-o_O

I'm not watching the hitman movie if Vin isn't in it. I've been waiting for him to be in a major movie & I was finally going to get my chance. Now it's gone, thanks alot 20th. Who watches deadwood anyways?

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

How the hell are you guys bringing up the fact that Timothy Olyphant isn't bald as a reason he shouldnt be cast...newsflash: IT"S NOT REALLY THAT HARD TO SHAVE YOUR HEAD!!! Think of all the movies in which they've give Bruce Willis hair and then try to tell me Olyphant can't play Agent 47 because he isn't bald. I think he's a fine actor who impressed in Scream 2 and Go and rocks in Deadwood. Jason Statham would have been the most obvious choice, but he was already in the Grand Theft Auto-clone movie "Crank"- which was decently entertaining, but horribly racist and sexist at almost every turn (and while he did a good job, the part reads like it was intended for a latino actor...."Chev Chelios" is a british dude, come on. Bottom line is, anyone who thinks that Agent 47 needs to be played by an actor that is actually bald, has no concept of what the important things to look for in casting are. You're the same people who think Topher Grace is gonna suck as Venom- open your minds a little dammit!!!!!

Hells_rebelion
Hells_rebelion

Vin is a brilliant actor and I hope he ends up doing it (He looks a lot like him).....Although I know if they make a second one he wouldn't be in it (note Fast and the furious, XXX....so on)

rykh
rykh

Too bad Diesel would have fit the part nicely, all he is missing is the barcode.

Camper_On_Creat
Camper_On_Creat

I like Vin Diesel, but he was not good for the part. I dont know much about this knew guy, but atleast they are getting a guy who is the right race.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

Very well, for all those who beleive that Vin D should play coz he's bald; i say Patrick Steward should play the Hitman man! Or that bloke who was in james and the giant peach and the lost world

briph24
briph24

Timmy Olyphant was great in my favorite movie "The Girl Next Door"