"I have to plead the 5th Amendment on this one," Bateson said, before admitting that the new project has undergone "delays" -- despite the process being "a well oiled machine on recording day." That's not to say he just waltzed into the gig.
"It seems that with company buy outs and global power shifts in the world of computer gaming and the Hitman franchise, there is now an LA-based caster on board, who is responsible for voice casting, and I had to audition along with the rest of the planet for the right to play Agent 47," Bateson recounted. "However, I have been informed by IO Interactive that I still have the part. I won't even bother to describe how gutted I would have been if they went for a sound-a-like."
Bateson was not extended the same courtesy when it came to 2007's Hitman movie, which starred Timothy Olyphant. Though he offered to fly himself out for a screen test, Fox never took him up on the free audition. When asked what he thought about the final cut,
Likely mixing up his Eidos game movies (though, you never know), Bateman added, "Mind you, I think Bruce Willis is more than enough excitement for all of us fans of Hitman. I think he is good casting – let's hope Hollywood doesn't cock it up this time."
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