Fox just released the first full trailer an a new poster for Hitman: Agent 47, the second attempt at a proper adaptation of the popular video game property. Whereas the teaser simply gave us a look at a few set-pieces, to say nothing of our first glance at Rupert Friend as the titular genetically-engineered killer, the full trailer gives us a sense of how the story will unfold. The basic set-up seems to have its roots in something like the Bourne series, with Friend’s destructive cue-ball seemingly striking vengeance against corporate and governmental forces who want his talents to create an all-powerful army. In his charge would be Hannah Ware‘s Katia, a fellow agent who has yet to unlock her training as of yet and who is nearly taken in by Zachary Quinto‘s nefarious John Smith.
The trailer boasts a series of eye-grabbing action sequences, from Friend’s anti-hero flying a helicopter into a corporate office building to sending a series of would-be captors to the great beyond via a giant wind turbine. It’s also good to see Friend, a magnetic presence in Showtime’s Homeland, get a chance at a proper lead role in a major franchise like this, and the character seems to be a perfect fit for Friend, whose character on the Showtime series is similarly brooding and lethal. And considering this is based on a script co-written by Skip Woods, the man behind Sabotage, Swordfish, and A Good Day to Die Hard, one can thankfully expect the action to be front and center with nonsensical exposition and story taking a back seat to all the fireworks. The film is directed by first-timer Aleksander Bach, written by Woods and Michael Finch, and features a cast that also includes Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, and Emilio Rivera.
Hitman: Agent 47 will be released August 21st nationwide.
Check out the trailer here:
Here’s the official synopsis from 20th Century Fox:
HITMAN: AGENT 47 centers on an elite assassin who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine, and is known only by the last two digits on the barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. He is the culmination of decades of research and forty-six earlier Agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence. His latest target is a mega-corporation that plans to unlock the secret of Agent 47’s past to create an army of killers whose powers surpass even his own. Teaming up with a young woman who may hold the secret to overcoming their powerful and clandestine enemies, 47 confronts stunning revelations about his own origins and squares off in an epic battle with his deadliest foe.
Check out the new poster below: