The film based on a popular videogame series is slated to hit theaters next February

By Nicole Sperling
Updated July 18, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

It’s risky enough rebooting a movie franchise that’s only seven years old. But in taking the lead role in Hitman: Agent 47, based on a videogame series about a double-gun-toting assassin, Rupert Friend had some added challenges. The Homeland star landed the job just six weeks before the shoot began last winter in Berlin and Singapore. (Paul Walker, who died in a car crash last November, had been tapped for the part, replacing Timothy Olyphant from 2007’s Hitman.) Friend also shaved his head — not fun when filming during a German winter — and performed most of his own stunts. ”It was hard,” he admits. ”It was short notice, a hard and fast prep, and a full-on shoot.”