Tim Olyphant Replaces Diesel's "Hitman"

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For a while there it looked like Vin Diesel was going to star in Fox's big-screen version of the "Hitman" video game ... but now it looks like "Deadwood" star Timothy Olyphant (who stole most of "The Girl Next Door") has earned that assignment.

From IGN Movies, who got it from AICN: "The cat is out of the bag and Vin Diesel is out of Hitman, the feature film version of the best-selling videogame. Diesel had been attached to star and executive produce the Fox-based film.

Now comes word, via Ain't It Cool, that Timothy Olyphant has been attached to star. Furthermore, action icon Luc Besson will now co-produce the project.

Skip Woods penned the screenplay. AICN claims Woods' script was strong enough to finally get the project green-lit by Fox. The studio advised IGN, however, that Hitman has not been green-lit and remains in development status."

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