Tim Olyphant Replaces Diesel's "Hitman"

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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Comments

meatcake

Brandon Luna

[b]Sweet!![/b]
I think Olyphant has the right amount of deviousness to play this role with vigor. I never thought Vin was right for the role.

Dec 11 - 06:06 AM

sparetime

geoff cram

[b]it makes sense[/b]
...yeah, but Vin is bald. you see, the cartoonman on the box is bald. and Vin is bald. it makes perfect casting sense. I'm sure any Hollywood executive would agree

Dec 11 - 09:27 AM

Praz

Rajit Sarkar

Although you're being sarcastic, don't forget that the same logic that you're currently deriding also determined who played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies. Anyways, the only thing about this that interests me is that a video game is being made into a movie without any involvement from Uwe Boll (thank God).

Dec 11 - 12:50 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Not entirely... otherwise Vin would've been Prof X too.

Dec 11 - 01:23 PM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

omg can you imagine Vin Deisel as Professor X? ill give you a minute...




anyway, i think Vin would have ruined Hitman. 47 isn't a tounge in cheek muscle bound badass. he is a calm, visceral, killer with an almost vampiric demeanor.

Dec 11 - 02:58 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

WAAAAY better choice than Diesel.

Although I still think Olyphant would make a sweet Max Payne.

Dec 11 - 11:53 AM

GHook412

Garrett H.

Wow, great call man. Never thought of that, he would be a perfect Max Payne.

Dec 11 - 04:20 PM

bribios

brian wilson

Yeah i have to agree to, hed be WAY better as Max Payne, at least the first games Max Payne, before he mysteriously aged 20 years.

Besides, they already have someone better who could play 47, the guy who happens to voice 47 AND was the character model for 47. But who needs perfect casting?

Still though, better than diesel.

Crap, it just hit me, Max Payne was also originally based on a real persons likeness. Nevermind then....

Dec 11 - 05:29 PM

Praz

Rajit Sarkar

Although you're being sarcastic, don't forget that the same logic that you're currently deriding also determined who played Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies. Anyways, the only thing about this that interests me is that a video game is being made into a movie without any involvement from Uwe Boll (thank God).

Dec 11 - 12:50 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Not entirely... otherwise Vin would've been Prof X too.

Dec 11 - 01:23 PM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

omg can you imagine Vin Deisel as Professor X? ill give you a minute...




anyway, i think Vin would have ruined Hitman. 47 isn't a tounge in cheek muscle bound badass. he is a calm, visceral, killer with an almost vampiric demeanor.

Dec 11 - 02:58 PM

alsanali

Alsan Ali

Not entirely... otherwise Vin would've been Prof X too.

Dec 11 - 01:23 PM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

omg can you imagine Vin Deisel as Professor X? ill give you a minute...




anyway, i think Vin would have ruined Hitman. 47 isn't a tounge in cheek muscle bound badass. he is a calm, visceral, killer with an almost vampiric demeanor.

Dec 11 - 02:58 PM

dagreenman18

Brian Lorenzo

omg can you imagine Vin Deisel as Professor X? ill give you a minute...




anyway, i think Vin would have ruined Hitman. 47 isn't a tounge in cheek muscle bound badass. he is a calm, visceral, killer with an almost vampiric demeanor.

Dec 11 - 02:58 PM

GHook412

Garrett H.

Wow, great call man. Never thought of that, he would be a perfect Max Payne.

Dec 11 - 04:20 PM

bribios

brian wilson

Yeah i have to agree to, hed be WAY better as Max Payne, at least the first games Max Payne, before he mysteriously aged 20 years.

Besides, they already have someone better who could play 47, the guy who happens to voice 47 AND was the character model for 47. But who needs perfect casting?

Still though, better than diesel.

Crap, it just hit me, Max Payne was also originally based on a real persons likeness. Nevermind then....

Dec 11 - 05:29 PM

mjolson20

Matthew Olson

vin diesel would have been perfect, no ones going to see the movie now with this olyphant guy, be real.. it went from possibly making 100 million to about 25 to 30 million at most

Dec 12 - 05:18 PM

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