“Deadwood” and “Live Free or Die Hard” star Timothy Olyphant is confirmed to have been cast in the lead role in the Luc Besson-produced pic “Hitman” at Twentieth Century Fox.
Skip Woods’ script is based on the “Hitman” videogame franchise set in the world of Agent 47, a genetically engineered assassin.
Fox sees the film as having franchise potential, and Olyphant’s deal allows for sequels reports Variety.
Vin Diesel was previously attached as the lead but dropped out in favour of Fox’s big-budget tentpole “Babylon A.D.”
Xavier Gens will helm and production begins March in Europe.