With filming almost underway on the fifth installment of Bruce Willis‘ Die Hard franchise one thing is clear. John McClane is old as balls and maybe it’s time for John McClane Jr. to take over the family business. (Hey, it worked so well for Indy in his last movie, fans LOVED it.) Those are some mighty big yippee ki-yay mother effin shoes to fill, right? That’s when you need a Spartan!
Star of the Showtime series Spartacus: Vengeance, Jai Courtney, has landed the coveted role as the estranged son of John McClane, named Jack. The Australian actor will team up with his Willis as a father/son combo to battle a villainous Russians for A Good Day to Die Hard. Looking at the leaked test screening image above and the the press release below, Jai will fit in just fine.
LOS ANGELES (February 22, 2012) __ Following a global casting search spanning several months, Jai Courtney has nabbed the coveted role of John (Jack) McClane, Jr., the son of Bruce Willis’ iconic action hero, in A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD puts McClane on an international stage — truly a NYC fish out of water in Moscow — and introduces his estranged son Jack. An apple that has not fallen far from the tree, Jack may even be more of a hardass than his father. Despite their differences, they must work together to keep each other alive – and the world safe for democracy.
The film begins production this April, for a February 14, 2013 release.
Courtney, studied drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), where he graduated in 2008. Following graduation Courtney quickly landed guest star roles on two hit Australian shows, Packed To the Rafters followed by All Saints. Later that year, Courtney won a Theatre Critics Award as Best Newcomer for his performance in The Turning for the Perth Theatre Company. In 2009 he landed the role of Varro in the international television hit, Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Fans of the show created an uproar over Varro’s death and to this day continue to lament about it on the many Spartacus fan sites and blogs. Last year, Courtney landed a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, directed by Christopher McQuarrie.
Hopefully the studio will up the rating back to a soild R, no more of that cheesy bullshit for Willis to deal with. No word yet if Courtney has signed up for Hudson Hawk 2, but fingers crossed.
Source: You Bent My Wookie