It’s not exactly inspired casting, in fact it’s obvious casting, and it’s been said in a few posts here in the past about videogame adaptations. Vin Diesel will play Hitman from the Eidos videogame series. Not a surprise really considering his looks compared to the character, and the games story, popularity and longevity certainly meant it was prime for a movie version.
There’s great potential in this movie, and if it doesn’t go the xXx route it might just work out. The story for Hitman is an intruiging one, and could make for an interesting movie. From Rope of Silicon they carry the smaller blurb:
The story of the game centers on an international assassin known as Agent 47 who works for a mysterious org dubbed the Agency.
Actually the first game has you awakening in a cell, with no memory and no understanding of who or what you are, you break free and begin to piece your life together. The second game has you fully understanding what and who you are, you’ve accepted it, and left it all behind, living in a monastery hiding from the past, but it comes looking for you. The third game has you in the depth of your art, carrying out contracts and exploring the darkened mind of the character that is Agent 47. The fourth installment, due out later this year, has you being hunted down by another agency as the members of the contract agency you belong to are systematically wiped out by another agency moving in on their market.
Overall the series is a pretty good story, and the mysterious and dark Agent 47 would be well suited to not only Diesel’s bald head, but also his demeanour and acting style. I think this could be a good role and a good franchise, if for the first time they decide to handle it properly. Do you think this could make it?