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Jai Courtney Will Die Hard
As John McClane's son in the new film

22 February 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Jai Courtney Will Die Hard

Bruce Willis, director John Moore and their 20th Century Fox backers have been on a months-long hunt for some young guy to play Jack McClane, AKA John’s son in the latest outing, A Good Day To Die Hard. And now, according to Deadline, the list has been whittled down to exactly one: Jai Courtney.

He’ll join Willis in the film, which sees McClane heading to Moscow to tackle some nasty gangster types. Along the way, we meet Jack, who, it turns out, is a real chip off the old block and as much of a tough guy as the old man. But – much as he was with Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Lucy – John is estranged from his son so there’s going to be plenty of tension before the pair work out their issues (or at least some of them) in time to kick butt together. Skip Woods wrote the script and Moore will be calling the shots ready for a February 14, 2013 release both here and across the pond.

The young Aussie actor’s career has been taking off recently, and while he’s best known for his work as Varro in Spartacus: Blood And Sand, he’s also been seen in the movie Stone Bros. Courtney just finished work on a small role in One Shot opposite Tom Cruise and he’s attached to star alongside Aaron Eckhart in I, Frankenstein.

Somewhere, Liam Hemsworth (who made it to the final two against Courtney) is having a drink to commiserate, before consoling himself with the knowledge that he’ll be seen just as much soon thanks to a little film called The Hunger Games.


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RE: why bother?
L: DazDaMan L: King of Kafiristan His... son? Didn't he have a daughter last time? eah, but he had a son, too, in the original. h, good catch. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 17:09 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Die Hard 5: Viagra Harder
L: BenTramer Having McClane got to Moscow to take on gangsters sounds bloody stupid. Why would he go there, for God's sake? It's just a depserate attempt to come up with a new story for the cash. Although Skip Woods wrote Swordfish which was a good action film (he also wrote The A-Team, which, er, wasn't). hey'll probably have him escorting a prisoner back to Russia plot whilst his son is there studying or some convoluted cap similar. the concept of mcclane in Russia Ian stupid More

Posted by UTB at 08:40 on 27 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: why bother?
L: King of Kafiristan His... son? Didn't he have a daughter last time? eah, but he had a son, too, in the original. More

Posted by DazDaMan at 21:36 on 26 February 2012 | Report This Post

Police Academy
Die Hard franchise is the new police academy and McClane is now getting his very own "Mission to Moscow". More

Posted by bnicholson50 at 17:06 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Why always introduce the whole family?
It's so boring that these sequels always introduce all the hero's family members, like in Indiana Jones. We had the dad, then the son and the wife... The dog and grandma in episode 5? Who cares about McLane's son? We just want McLane! Also, there was a time when the Die Hard franchise relied on great directors (John McTiernan is a genius!) Now they've got the man who made the average Behind Enemy Lines, the weak Flight of the Phoenix, the remake of The Omen and the terrible terrible terrible More

Posted by Toursiveu at 13:58 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

Die Hard 5: Viagra Harder
Having McClane got to Moscow to take on gangsters sounds bloody stupid. Why would he go there, for God's sake? It's just a depserate attempt to come up with a new story for the cash. Although Skip Woods wrote Swordfish which was a good action film (he also wrote The A-Team, which, er, wasn't). More

Posted by BenTramer at 09:31 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

This could work, aslong as they don't actually work out their issues. And the action is grounded. That's what made the first 3 brilliant, and the 4th one a good film (but a crap Die Hard). More

Posted by neillbert90 at 01:20 on 23 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: why bother?
His... son? Didn't he have a daughter last time? I can't say I'm much interested in this. Willis has been on auto pilot for a long, long time.. and THE ADVENTURES OF MCCLAIN AND SON are not what I'm looking for in a DIE HARD movie. More

Posted by King of Kafiristan at 22:56 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

why bother?
it won't be as good as the original movie so what's the point? surely that should be the only reason to make a sequel - to extend the characters lives and back stories, to move the ideas forward and to be true to the spirit of the origins. But NO... The REAL reason to make a sequel is....? Anyone? Anyone? Yes, you, baldy guy at the back who's far too old for this sort of thing but you figure they'll just use a shit load of CGI so who cares anyhow. That's right, to make more money. Case clos More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 22:06 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

I was hoping Aaron Paul would get the role :( Oh well... More

Posted by OrganicLifeform at 21:25 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post

So no chance Benedict Cumberbatch might play Hans Grubers son then. It's opportunity missed I tell ya! They'll probably just go for "rent a bad guy" Mark Strong. More

Posted by keaneye at 21:00 on 22 February 2012 | Report This Post


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