Hitman: Agent 47 Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto Interview

 Rupert Friend in Hitman: Agent 47

Rupert Friend in Hitman: Agent 47

Video game addicts alert!  Hitman:Agent 47  is a new action thriller based on the Hitman video game series.  The main character played by Rupert Friend (Homeland) is a mysterious assassin known only as Agent 47. He's a secret agent who works for a top secret non-government organization called the International Contracts Agency (known in the video games as either the ICA or just the Agency) which carries out the assassinations of high profile targets worldwide.

Zachary Quinto (Heroes, Star Trek)  plays John Smith another mysterious character who kicks some major butt right alongside his killing machine co-star.  Directed by first-time helmer Aleksander Bach,  also stars Hannah Ware (“Betrayal,” “Boss”), Thomas Kretschmann (“Dracula,” Avengers: Age of Ultron), Dan Bakkedahl (The HeatObserve and Report) and Ciaran Hinds (FrozenThe Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby).

 Zachary Quinto as John Smith in, Hitman: Agent 47

Zachary Quinto as John Smith in, Hitman: Agent 47

The action packed film  centers on Agent 47, 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.

I spoke with Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto via satellite from New York about working on the film, the intense preparation for the roles and their own video gaming habits. 

Hitman: Agent 47 is in theatres August 21st