Homeland star Rupert Friend is in negotiations to replace the late Paul Walker in 20th Century Fox's Hitman reboot Agent 47.

Paul Walker had been attached to the project since February, and he had planned to shoot the project after he wrapped production on Fast & Furious 7. The actor tragically passed away in late November from injuries sustained in a car crash.

Aleksander Bach is making his feature directorial debut, working from a script by Michael Finch and Skip Woods, who wrote the 2007 video game adaptation Hitman, which made $100 million worldwide and starred Timothy Olyphant. No story details have been released, although the original movie and the video game follow an assassin known only as Agent 47, who has a barcode tattooed to the back of his head. The Square Enix video game series has sold more than 20 million units since the franchise was launched.

Rupert Friend's big screen credits include Pride & Prejudice, The Libertine, Cheri, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and The Young Victoria.