March 06, 2014 2:26pm PT by Borys Kit
'Avengers 2' Actor to Play Villain in 'Agent 47' (Exclusive)
Thomas Kretschmann, who is playing Baron Strucker in Marvel Studios' The Avengers: Age of Ultron, has signed on to play another high-profile villain.
The actor, currently on Imax screens in the Russian movie Stalingrad, will play Le Clerq in Agent 47, Fox International's sequel to the 2007 action movie Hitman.
Rupert Friend is playing the title character in the movie, which was to have been a Paul Walker vehicle and is based on the best-selling video game.
Zachary Quinto is already on board as another villain. Kretschmann will play the chairman of an organization called Syndicate International, which is set on creating an army of unstoppable agents. The movie is currently shooting in Berlin under the direction of Aleksander Bach.
Chuck Gordon, Alex Young, and Adrian Askarieh are producing. Daniel Alter is executive producing.
Kretschmann, repped by APA and Bloom Hergott, is one of Germany's biggest stars and recently wrapped F2014, a drama that tells of the creation of the FIFA soccer federation in which he plays the founder of Adidas. Stalingrad, in which he is the lead, broke box office records in Europe. Stateside he has appeared in movies such as Wanted, King Kong and Blade 2.