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Paul Walker will head up Hitman reboot Agent 47

Fox’s plans to reboot the Hitman franchise have taken a significant step forwards, with Paul Walker in line to lead the forthcoming reboot.

Titled Agent 47 , in reference to the titular assassin’s identity number, the film will reimagine the exploits of the genetically engineered and cloned killer who first made his name in a popular series of videogames.

Fox had initially planned for the original film to become the first part of a franchise, with Timothy Olyphant reprising the title role throughout a series of adventures. However, a critical mauling and lukewarm box-office soon put paid to that plan.

With Walker in the lead, however, the studio is clearly keen on a fresh start. The star will reportedly begin work on the project as soon as he finishes his press commitments on Fast & Furious 6 .

Whether or not the world is screaming out for another Hitman film is another matter, although it will at least be interesting to see Walker in a role that requires a slightly harder edge… and the loss of those famous blonde locks.

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.