Variety reports. Paul Walker, who passed away in a car crash on November 30, was first chosen to replace Timothy Olyphant in Agent 47.
Rupert Friend is best known for his work as Peter Quinn on the Showtime series Homeland. Friend also played Mr. Wickham in 2005's Pride & Prejudice and Prince Albert in The Young Victoria.
The original Hitman film grossed nearly $100 million worldwide despite being panned by critics. Aleksander Bach, who has mostly done commercial work up until now, will direct the sequel based on a script by Skip Woods and Michael Finch.