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So who do they want to play John McClane's son in the next Die Hard?

Oct. 13, 2011by: Dave Davis

As we recently learned, Bruce Willis' resilient but unlucky detective John McClane is going to team up with his boy for some villain-fighting in the dubiously titled A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD ("Hoka Hey, muthafuckah!").

That son/sidekick role is going to be sizeable, judging by the names Fox is gunning for -- the production is testing actors for the part soon, and the list reportedly includes Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") and Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes").

You probably know Dano best from THERE WILL BE BLOOD (and not KNIGHT AND DAY, let's hope), but he's recently worked with Willis on Rian Johnson's upcoming time-travel film LOOPER. And Foster has been developing his own asskicking skills in movies like THE MECHANIC, but he also faced Willis as the home-invading antagonist in HOSTAGE.

The movie will be directed by John Moore (MAX PAYNE, BEHIND ENEMY LINES), and involves McClane traveling to Russia to bail his kid out of trouble, only to find himself in... yep, the wrong place at the wrong time. Story of his life, y'know. Bad guys will then be slaughtered in a (likely) PG-13 fashion.

McClane's fifth coincidental adventure already has a release date of February 14, 2013.

Extra Tidbit: Vote for your own McClane Jr. in the latest CAST THIS column!
Source: Variety

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8:35PM on 10/16/2011
remembers when they were gonna have McClane's son in DH4 & it was gonna be Justin Timberlake, thank god they dropped it. Anyway they should cast Aaron Paul in the role.
remembers when they were gonna have McClane's son in DH4 & it was gonna be Justin Timberlake, thank god they dropped it. Anyway they should cast Aaron Paul in the role.
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9:52AM on 10/15/2011

In Space No One Can Hear You Die Hard

After this, they should re-release Armageddon and re-title it Die Hard: A Space Odyssey or Die Hard: The Final Frontier. and redub the Harry Stamper name with John McClane.
After this, they should re-release Armageddon and re-title it Die Hard: A Space Odyssey or Die Hard: The Final Frontier. and redub the Harry Stamper name with John McClane.
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8:36PM on 10/14/2011
Ashton Kutcher anyone? Isn't Shia LaBeouf the go-to guy for being the new young kid in the sequel to a popular film (Indy 4, Wall Street 2).
Ashton Kutcher anyone? Isn't Shia LaBeouf the go-to guy for being the new young kid in the sequel to a popular film (Indy 4, Wall Street 2).
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7:24PM on 10/14/2011

How about Aaron Paul?

Yippy ki yay... BITCH!
Yippy ki yay... BITCH!
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4:46PM on 10/14/2011

PG-13

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2:14PM on 10/14/2011
Ben Foster... yes.
Ben Foster... yes.
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1:57PM on 10/14/2011
Word. Three guys I really like and the dude from Heroes.

I'd like to see Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad duh) or Ben Foster. I can't see Dano do this as good as he is.
Word. Three guys I really like and the dude from Heroes.

I'd like to see Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad duh) or Ben Foster. I can't see Dano do this as good as he is.
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1:41PM on 10/14/2011
Aaron Paul reminds me the most of early Bruce Willis. So if they're prepping a 'changing of the guard' then I hope he gets the role. I could see Paul crawling around Nakatomi Tower, cursing and muttering and cutting his feet.

As for John Moore, I'm going on record that I liked Behind Enemy Lines, while Flight of the Phoenix was better than expected. I'm not judging him based on one of a million failed video game adaptations. Its just too bad McTiernan got himself in prison. He could have
Aaron Paul reminds me the most of early Bruce Willis. So if they're prepping a 'changing of the guard' then I hope he gets the role. I could see Paul crawling around Nakatomi Tower, cursing and muttering and cutting his feet.

As for John Moore, I'm going on record that I liked Behind Enemy Lines, while Flight of the Phoenix was better than expected. I'm not judging him based on one of a million failed video game adaptations. Its just too bad McTiernan got himself in prison. He could have pulled a Ridley Scott and returned to the material that made him a household name.
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1:39PM on 10/14/2011

I like this

as for the residual sperm, I think they should use ............ Tracy Morgan! He can be the illegitimate bastard son w Angela Bassett! Now that's thinking outside the box!
as for the residual sperm, I think they should use ............ Tracy Morgan! He can be the illegitimate bastard son w Angela Bassett! Now that's thinking outside the box!
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1:30PM on 10/14/2011
Lets really take a chance.....ShoNuff from The Last Dragon
Lets really take a chance.....ShoNuff from The Last Dragon
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8:37PM on 10/16/2011
he passed away a few years ago.
he passed away a few years ago.
12:35PM on 10/14/2011

Why not try...

Patrick Stewart- as Willis' older, English son? or even Kirk Douglas...
Patrick Stewart- as Willis' older, English son? or even Kirk Douglas...
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11:07AM on 10/14/2011

This better not suck...

as for the list they have, Ben Foster.

Really, though, Jensen Ackles would be perfect. and I'd really like to see him break out into movies.
as for the list they have, Ben Foster.

Really, though, Jensen Ackles would be perfect. and I'd really like to see him break out into movies.
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9:50AM on 10/14/2011
I would prefer someone like Bruce in his late 1980's days, an action guy who can pull off comedy really well. Someone like Chris Evans or Chris Pine
I would prefer someone like Bruce in his late 1980's days, an action guy who can pull off comedy really well. Someone like Chris Evans or Chris Pine
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9:47AM on 10/14/2011
[link] This is my reaction to seeing the potential list.
[link] This is my reaction to seeing the potential list.
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6:44AM on 10/14/2011
This is just stupidity run rampant. Father Son? I'd rather have the twinky cop from the 1st one back as his side kick over this ridiculous premise.
This is just stupidity run rampant. Father Son? I'd rather have the twinky cop from the 1st one back as his side kick over this ridiculous premise.
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5:44AM on 10/14/2011
No one.
No one.
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5:30AM on 10/14/2011
Michael J Fox. Shake things up a little.
Michael J Fox. Shake things up a little.
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4:40AM on 10/14/2011

Or...

...they could bring back Sam Jackson, Al Powell and fuckin' Justin Long (hey, I liked him) and they could all jerk each other off for two hours and it would still be better than any film directed by John Moore. Who the fuck keeps employing this hack? P.S. Love Ben and Aaron...they'd both be fine choices but I can't endorse their involvement in a film that's so clearly destined to suck. Bring back Len Wiseman. I mean, ideally John McTiernan would be best, but at least Wiseman had his own style
...they could bring back Sam Jackson, Al Powell and fuckin' Justin Long (hey, I liked him) and they could all jerk each other off for two hours and it would still be better than any film directed by John Moore. Who the fuck keeps employing this hack? P.S. Love Ben and Aaron...they'd both be fine choices but I can't endorse their involvement in a film that's so clearly destined to suck. Bring back Len Wiseman. I mean, ideally John McTiernan would be best, but at least Wiseman had his own style and knew how to frame his action sequences. Anyone seen "Max Payne"? Jesus....
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12:23PM on 10/14/2011
So, I'm guessing you didn't like Enemy at the Gates either?
So, I'm guessing you didn't like Enemy at the Gates either?
9:10AM on 10/16/2011
Enemy at the Gates is fron French director Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear, The Name of th Rose...)
Enemy at the Gates is fron French director Jean-Jacques Annaud (The Bear, The Name of th Rose...)
4:12AM on 10/14/2011

I'd actually like to see Milo do something.

Haven't seen him in anything since Heroes really.
Haven't seen him in anything since Heroes really.
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3:21AM on 10/14/2011
I say fuck it and just bring back Sam Jackson as his son... or Aaron Paul works too.
I say fuck it and just bring back Sam Jackson as his son... or Aaron Paul works too.
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2:27AM on 10/14/2011
Ben Foster would be perfect!
Ben Foster would be perfect!
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2:05AM on 10/14/2011
Better idea: Cast both Aaron Paul and Ben Foster and make them brothers. BOOM.
Better idea: Cast both Aaron Paul and Ben Foster and make them brothers. BOOM.
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12:29AM on 10/14/2011
Xavier Samuel from THE LOVED ONES
Xavier Samuel from THE LOVED ONES
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12:27AM on 10/14/2011
Milo Ventimiglia is my pick out of the people who the studio is interested in.

Mu ultimate choice would be Jensen Ackles.
Milo Ventimiglia is my pick out of the people who the studio is interested in.

Mu ultimate choice would be Jensen Ackles.
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8:41PM on 10/16/2011
Do ya really want a dude who looks bigger than Bruce Willis? Dude is stacked & i"d believe McClane's son as a weakling not some hardcore bad ass.
Do ya really want a dude who looks bigger than Bruce Willis? Dude is stacked & i"d believe McClane's son as a weakling not some hardcore bad ass.
12:11AM on 10/14/2011
I would love to see Aaron Paul in a Die Hard movie with Willis but on the other hand, I don't really want to see him wasting his time on something directed by the guy behind the Max Payne movie.
I would love to see Aaron Paul in a Die Hard movie with Willis but on the other hand, I don't really want to see him wasting his time on something directed by the guy behind the Max Payne movie.
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12:10AM on 10/14/2011
Not that I have any ideas of my own on this one, but aren't these guys all a bit old to be John Jr.? Maybe Dano, but then I don't have a clue what they're going for with the son aspect.
Not that I have any ideas of my own on this one, but aren't these guys all a bit old to be John Jr.? Maybe Dano, but then I don't have a clue what they're going for with the son aspect.
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9:47AM on 10/14/2011
Well his son was about 5 in the original and since this comes out in 2013 than he should be around 30 in this movie. So I think they're about the right age.
Well his son was about 5 in the original and since this comes out in 2013 than he should be around 30 in this movie. So I think they're about the right age.
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12:01AM on 10/14/2011
For some reason I actually like the title to the Die Hard and I would see Foster or Aaron Paul, seeing Paul Dano is a good actor, but a little skinny to be his son oh and this shit better be rated R
For some reason I actually like the title to the Die Hard and I would see Foster or Aaron Paul, seeing Paul Dano is a good actor, but a little skinny to be his son oh and this shit better be rated R
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11:46PM on 10/13/2011

Xavier Samuel

Xavier Samuel from THE LOVED ONES
Xavier Samuel from THE LOVED ONES
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11:40PM on 10/13/2011
You really can't go wrong with either Aaron Paul or Ben Foster. If only they drop that title and make it R... it sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
You really can't go wrong with either Aaron Paul or Ben Foster. If only they drop that title and make it R... it sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
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11:26PM on 10/13/2011
Haha, why don't they get Rumor to do it, she could pass for a man.
Haha, why don't they get Rumor to do it, she could pass for a man.
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11:19PM on 10/13/2011
Chaz Bono!!
Chaz Bono!!
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11:18PM on 10/13/2011
Ben Foster, please!
Ben Foster, please!
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