Sexy actor Timothy Olyphant has been amping up the machismo lately. Ignoring his stint in Catch and Release, he's made a tougher name for himself with Deadwood, and is sure to raise some brows when he chases down John McClane in Live Free or Die Hard. I am, therefore, really hoping that he follows in Bruce Willis' footsteps, and finds The Hitman to be his catapult to action hero and lustdom. I've followed his career for a while now and it's about time for people to stop saying "Who?" when I mention his name. If the first look at his stint as Agent 47 is any indication, my wish should come true.

I have to admit, I've never played the game, but looking from the pictures to that face to the left (which you can see fully here) -- he looks pretty spot-on to me. For the other Hitman-ignorant out there, the premise is that Agent 47 is a professional assassin "whose most powerful weapons are his nerve and a resolute pride in his work" -- but I'm sure the big guns help too. He gets embroiled in a political takeover, and then has to figure out who set him up and why. Of course, he's also sidetracked by "a beautiful, damaged girl." One of the guys chasing him will be Scottish actor Dougray Scott, and early script reviews said that it was "a testosterone-laced action-packed thriller." But since I'm a newbie to the Hitman world, what do you fans out there think of Mr. Olyphant as Agent 47? Is he looking the part?

*5/18 Update -- The Olyphant Hitman pics have been removed at the urgent request of the studio. Hopefully, we'll have something more official to bring you soon.
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