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Spartacus star Jai Courtney to play John McClane's son in Die Hard 5

Feb. 22, 2012by: Alex Riviello

It's been a long time coming, but the lead role for A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD, the fifth installment in the DIE HARD franchise, has been cast. Perhaps it took them so long because the role will be scrutinized so much, as it will be the son of legendary John McClane (Bruce Willis, natch).

The role has finally gone to none other than Jai Courtney.

Who? Well he played Varro, one of the stars of "Spartacus: Vengeance", and beat a ton of actors vying for the part like Aaron Paul, Paul Walker and James Badge Dale. 

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 (Courtney). 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 keep the world safe for democracy.

This of course will allow them to restart the franchise with Courtney as the main protagonist, something similar to what they tried (and failed) with Shia Labeouf and INDIANA JONES.

John Moore (MAX PAYNE, THE OMEN, BEHIND ENEMY LINES) will direct the film, and likely have to hurry up with it because it's set for a romantic release date of February 14th, 2013.

After LIVE FREE AND DIE HARD I'm not sure how excited I am to see any more installments, but what do you folks think? Could some new blood be what the series needs?

Update: Here's a picture from a screen test with Willis and Courtney - 

Source: Deadline

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5:42AM on 02/25/2012

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1:23PM on 02/24/2012

I wonder what's next..

So John McClane goes from saving:
- a skyscapper
- an airport
- a city
- The US
and now the world.. Why does he need his son to accomplish this task?

Whether Jai-what's his face-Courtney is the right choice or not for McClane's kid, the premise is just wrong.

Give us another black side-kick!
So John McClane goes from saving:
- a skyscapper
- an airport
- a city
- The US
and now the world.. Why does he need his son to accomplish this task?

Whether Jai-what's his face-Courtney is the right choice or not for McClane's kid, the premise is just wrong.

Give us another black side-kick!
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6:41PM on 02/23/2012

Why Won't Studios Ever Listen

Did I like the fourth, yes. Should it have been "R", yes. Do I want a fifth and FINAL film, yes. Do I want it like this, no. Why won't studios ever listen to fan feedback. The title is horrible, the release date is horrible, the premise is horrible. I want McClane doing what McClane does best. Not running around with his son. Bring his wife back for a cameo and resolve that story and give us a Die Hard movie. You cannot pass the torch on here. In fact they should just make Die Hard with a
Did I like the fourth, yes. Should it have been "R", yes. Do I want a fifth and FINAL film, yes. Do I want it like this, no. Why won't studios ever listen to fan feedback. The title is horrible, the release date is horrible, the premise is horrible. I want McClane doing what McClane does best. Not running around with his son. Bring his wife back for a cameo and resolve that story and give us a Die Hard movie. You cannot pass the torch on here. In fact they should just make Die Hard with a Lethal Weapon and close out both franchises!!!!!!
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4:40PM on 02/23/2012

mackey

I'd rather see Michael Chiklis and have it be his brother. That might be one shiny head bad ass cop too many. America isn't ready for that yet...
I'd rather see Michael Chiklis and have it be his brother. That might be one shiny head bad ass cop too many. America isn't ready for that yet...
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3:06PM on 02/23/2012
Right choice for the part? No.

Big head? Yes.
Right choice for the part? No.

Big head? Yes.
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1:27PM on 02/23/2012

Yippee ki yay Mr.Falcon

When my nephew grows old enough to watch R-rated movies. I am going to tell him to watch the first three Die-Hard's and skip Four and Five.
When my nephew grows old enough to watch R-rated movies. I am going to tell him to watch the first three Die-Hard's and skip Four and Five.
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1:20PM on 02/23/2012
I think if you gave people a choice, no-one would want a McClane & Son movie. Having said that, I'm glad they've cast a mature actor in the role and not some young punk. Still don't give a shit about seeing my favourite heroes teaming up with their offspring though...
I think if you gave people a choice, no-one would want a McClane & Son movie. Having said that, I'm glad they've cast a mature actor in the role and not some young punk. Still don't give a shit about seeing my favourite heroes teaming up with their offspring though...
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10:37AM on 02/23/2012
Having John McClane's son in the movie is just a terrible idea. It will be just like Die Hard 4 where Justin Long's character destroyed the movie. Now if they had cast Aaron Paul, I might have given it a chance anyway.
Having John McClane's son in the movie is just a terrible idea. It will be just like Die Hard 4 where Justin Long's character destroyed the movie. Now if they had cast Aaron Paul, I might have given it a chance anyway.
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9:56AM on 02/23/2012
Poor Varro never made it to Spartacus: Vengeance as something happened to him in the first season. Incidentally, does his head in that photo with Willis look wrong to you?
Poor Varro never made it to Spartacus: Vengeance as something happened to him in the first season. Incidentally, does his head in that photo with Willis look wrong to you?
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7:09AM on 02/23/2012
Hair is what the series needs.
Hair is what the series needs.
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6:36AM on 02/23/2012
Is it such a bad idea to have JUST John McLane?? We don't need a kid pretending he is as bad-ass as his dad. Moviegoers don't want to see that. I'll go see DH5 but I can't say I'm excited.
Is it such a bad idea to have JUST John McLane?? We don't need a kid pretending he is as bad-ass as his dad. Moviegoers don't want to see that. I'll go see DH5 but I can't say I'm excited.
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5:19AM on 02/23/2012

Probably

As with the latest Indiana Jones.

This is the studios way of making sure they will be making more films in the franchise. In essence, protecting an asset, for future revenues.

Heard that Rambo will have a son in the last film with Sylvester.
As with the latest Indiana Jones.

This is the studios way of making sure they will be making more films in the franchise. In essence, protecting an asset, for future revenues.

Heard that Rambo will have a son in the last film with Sylvester.
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5:51AM on 02/25/2012
Yeah...and Rambo's son is a communist holdover from Vietnam, half Vietnamese, half RAMBONESE.
Yeah...and Rambo's son is a communist holdover from Vietnam, half Vietnamese, half RAMBONESE.
4:07AM on 02/23/2012
As the audience I want to be on McClane's side and follow him through his adventures. Bringing a son into it is a bad idea. It also didn't work in Indy4.
As the audience I want to be on McClane's side and follow him through his adventures. Bringing a son into it is a bad idea. It also didn't work in Indy4.
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3:39AM on 02/23/2012

No Kids Allowed After 7pm

Bringing in offspring for the third or fourth installment of a franchise is ALWAYS a bad idea; it's like being forced to work with your boss's sprog. Having too many villains is another no-no!
Bringing in offspring for the third or fourth installment of a franchise is ALWAYS a bad idea; it's like being forced to work with your boss's sprog. Having too many villains is another no-no!
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3:12AM on 02/23/2012
Die Hard 4 lacked the brutal violence of its predecessors - not just fuck-bombs - also the fuck-me-that-hurts moments.

The profanity is part and parcel of a Die Hard movie. The hero's catchphrase has motherfucker in it. You take that out, it ain't Die Hard, it ain't John Mclane.

You can fucking try to ameliorate this monstrosity by pointing to the unrated cut, but CGI blood and badly dubbed fucks just don't cut it. And as a final fuck-you from Fox they haven't made the unrated version
Die Hard 4 lacked the brutal violence of its predecessors - not just fuck-bombs - also the fuck-me-that-hurts moments.

The profanity is part and parcel of a Die Hard movie. The hero's catchphrase has motherfucker in it. You take that out, it ain't Die Hard, it ain't John Mclane.

You can fucking try to ameliorate this monstrosity by pointing to the unrated cut, but CGI blood and badly dubbed fucks just don't cut it. And as a final fuck-you from Fox they haven't made the unrated version available on Blu-Ray. The fuck can you live free if your life is PG-13?
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3:07AM on 02/23/2012

Like the look of him.....

.......looks like a young Willis. Not seen him act tho, will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Where is the screen test picture from by the way?
.......looks like a young Willis. Not seen him act tho, will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Where is the screen test picture from by the way?
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2:34AM on 02/23/2012

Meh

"John Moore (MAX PAYNE, THE OMEN, BEHIND ENEMY LINES) will direct the film"

I read this as "John Moore (Crappy Movie, Crappier Movie, Crappy Movie Where They Actually Wanted Us To Believe We'd Put A French Guy In Charge Of Our Aircraft Carrier) will direct the film"
"John Moore (MAX PAYNE, THE OMEN, BEHIND ENEMY LINES) will direct the film"

I read this as "John Moore (Crappy Movie, Crappier Movie, Crappy Movie Where They Actually Wanted Us To Believe We'd Put A French Guy In Charge Of Our Aircraft Carrier) will direct the film"
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2:24AM on 02/23/2012

Was hoping for Aaron Paul

But gotta kinda dig that screen test shot. Looks like a young Willis.

Anywho, the last two Die Hard movies had the same problems. Very good first halves with good characterization & well-staged action, then second halves that descend into ludicrous incoherence. In With A Vengeance everything falls apart after the phenomenal elevator scene, and with Live Free or Die Hard its [link] elevator shaft scene.

Keep the movie under control. Keep the script tight. Willis knows in his soul how to ">
But gotta kinda dig that screen test shot. Looks like a young Willis.

Anywho, the last two Die Hard movies had the same problems. Very good first halves with good characterization & well-staged action, then second halves that descend into ludicrous incoherence. In With A Vengeance everything falls apart after the phenomenal elevator scene, and with Live Free or Die Hard its [link] elevator shaft scene.

Keep the movie under control. Keep the script tight. Willis knows in his soul how to play John McClane. And make it its own action movie, don't try to mimic or one-up the original.
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11:24PM on 02/22/2012
He had great presence in Spartacus, I think a lot of people will be surprised.
He had great presence in Spartacus, I think a lot of people will be surprised.
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11:12PM on 02/22/2012
New Blood? Could some new blood be what the series needs?
Stories like this make me sad for fans of good movies. There can be no new blood. It's John Yipee KiYay Mother Fucker McClane! There can be no other John McClane just like there will be no other Indiana Jones. You can recast them, but the originals will always reign.
New Blood? Could some new blood be what the series needs?
Stories like this make me sad for fans of good movies. There can be no new blood. It's John Yipee KiYay Mother Fucker McClane! There can be no other John McClane just like there will be no other Indiana Jones. You can recast them, but the originals will always reign.
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10:49PM on 02/22/2012

Meh

I don't really know this guy but I'm not impressed yet...Although I will say, at least it's not Paul Walker or Taylor Lautner, then I'd be done with this franchise.
I don't really know this guy but I'm not impressed yet...Although I will say, at least it's not Paul Walker or Taylor Lautner, then I'd be done with this franchise.
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10:45PM on 02/22/2012
I just read yesterday that Patrick Stewart is playing the main villian too if so sign me up. I also enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard well the Uncut R version I know ill get bashed but I think its my second favorite in the Die Hard series I hated Justin Long's character but I thought it was decent. It was definally better than Die Hard with a Vengenge if not better than Die Harder. I would like to see it go back to the old formula where John is trapped somewhere and takes Terriosits out because Die
I just read yesterday that Patrick Stewart is playing the main villian too if so sign me up. I also enjoyed Live Free or Die Hard well the Uncut R version I know ill get bashed but I think its my second favorite in the Die Hard series I hated Justin Long's character but I thought it was decent. It was definally better than Die Hard with a Vengenge if not better than Die Harder. I would like to see it go back to the old formula where John is trapped somewhere and takes Terriosits out because Die Hard I actually consider one of the most relistic Action Movies because McClain isnt just guns blazing there were only about 7 terroists he had to take out and was taking them out one at a time or trying too. Die Hard 3 kinda made the series into an non stop action super cop movie.
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10:12PM on 02/22/2012
Please bring back the look of McClane from parts 1 through 3! I think the bald McClane messes too much with how the character looks!! if he can act and he fits the part then i'm ok with it. I don't hink we need a big star to play his son. Someone who can act well is just fine.
Please bring back the look of McClane from parts 1 through 3! I think the bald McClane messes too much with how the character looks!! if he can act and he fits the part then i'm ok with it. I don't hink we need a big star to play his son. Someone who can act well is just fine.
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9:24PM on 02/22/2012

Varro

He rocked as Varro. Give the guy a break he deserves.
He rocked as Varro. Give the guy a break he deserves.
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8:52PM on 02/22/2012
Nope. Wrong choice. Not an iconic enough look to him. Shoulda gone with Aaron Paul.
Nope. Wrong choice. Not an iconic enough look to him. Shoulda gone with Aaron Paul.
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8:35PM on 02/22/2012
I can get on board with this. Courtney was great in Spartacus. But seriously, Rated "R" or GTFO.
I can get on board with this. Courtney was great in Spartacus. But seriously, Rated "R" or GTFO.
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6:05PM on 02/22/2012
I'm not paying to see another Die Hard for kids/teens. Stop neutering my action Hollywood.
I'm not paying to see another Die Hard for kids/teens. Stop neutering my action Hollywood.
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6:00PM on 02/22/2012
"Jack may even be more of a hardass than his father"

No.
"Jack may even be more of a hardass than his father"

No.
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5:38PM on 02/22/2012

I've never seen the kid before

So at least I don't have any watered down opinions on the guy already.
I'll watch it, if McClane is in it I'll watch it. And then I'll buy it unrated on Blu-Ray and defend it.
Hey just one more from Willis and we can get a Die Bald trilogy.
So at least I don't have any watered down opinions on the guy already.
I'll watch it, if McClane is in it I'll watch it. And then I'll buy it unrated on Blu-Ray and defend it.
Hey just one more from Willis and we can get a Die Bald trilogy.
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5:13PM on 02/22/2012
He was great as Varro! I'll give this one a shot.
He was great as Varro! I'll give this one a shot.
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4:57PM on 02/22/2012

Stop bitching about Die Hard 4

It really looks like you have to shit on DH4 to call yourself a "true" McClane fan. The movie was great fun and entertainment and certainly better than the second installment. PG-13 ? So what ? The movie wouldn't have been better with a couple of "FUCK".
That said, I'm a little concerned with Moore directing, since the guy has yet to do a good movie...
It really looks like you have to shit on DH4 to call yourself a "true" McClane fan. The movie was great fun and entertainment and certainly better than the second installment. PG-13 ? So what ? The movie wouldn't have been better with a couple of "FUCK".
That said, I'm a little concerned with Moore directing, since the guy has yet to do a good movie...
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9:01PM on 02/22/2012
Die hard 4 was a decent flick, my main gripe is it just didnt feel like a Die Hard film, maybe thats to blame with Michael Kamen passing away and Willis sporting the same look he does in every movie nowadays, stubble and a wifebeater would go a long way.
Die hard 4 was a decent flick, my main gripe is it just didnt feel like a Die Hard film, maybe thats to blame with Michael Kamen passing away and Willis sporting the same look he does in every movie nowadays, stubble and a wifebeater would go a long way.
10:17PM on 02/22/2012
yea I agree with ya violentcop5! He looks too much like all his other characters as of late. Give him a hair piece, or let him grow his hair out! How can you say that part four was better than part 2 French? It was a decent film, but no way was it better than any of the others!
yea I agree with ya violentcop5! He looks too much like all his other characters as of late. Give him a hair piece, or let him grow his hair out! How can you say that part four was better than part 2 French? It was a decent film, but no way was it better than any of the others!
4:54PM on 02/22/2012

photo

Is that screen test picture photoshopped or is is head really that fUCKING BIG?
Is that screen test picture photoshopped or is is head really that fUCKING BIG?
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5:24PM on 02/22/2012
This should explain everything

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This should explain everything

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4:47PM on 02/22/2012

No thanks

Man, this movie is gonna suck. Despite what the fanboys claim, Die Hard 4 was a surprisingly fun, well-directed action film (PG-13 or not). As was mentioned below, it scored 82% on RT -- higher than either of the other two sequels (though I personally love Die Hard with a Vengeance, I never thought the second film was very good, mainly because it repeated the first too closely and had generic directing from Renny Harlin).

John Moore, however, hasn't shown promise since Behind Enemy Lines -
Man, this movie is gonna suck. Despite what the fanboys claim, Die Hard 4 was a surprisingly fun, well-directed action film (PG-13 or not). As was mentioned below, it scored 82% on RT -- higher than either of the other two sequels (though I personally love Die Hard with a Vengeance, I never thought the second film was very good, mainly because it repeated the first too closely and had generic directing from Renny Harlin).

John Moore, however, hasn't shown promise since Behind Enemy Lines - which fell apart royally in its ending - and this whole "passing-the-torch" bullshit is getting annoying. Hopefully this ends up like Mission Impossible 4 and Willis ends up retaining his main focus. I just don't like how the press release says his son "may be even more of a hard-ass than his father." Gimme a fuckin' break - it's John McClane!

It also annoys me that they overlooked Aaron Paul for the role. But it doesn't surprise me that Moore would opt for an actor from Spartacus - a show that casts its actors based on how ripped their bodies are - rather than a hugely talented actor from a show as great as Breaking Bad. Fuck you, Moore!
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4:44PM on 02/22/2012

Spartacus show is the bomb and he's a good actor but...

John Morre is directing this so they should call it A GOOD DAY TO SUCK HARD!
John Morre is directing this so they should call it A GOOD DAY TO SUCK HARD!
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4:36PM on 02/22/2012

This sounds retarded

John M in Russia? With his son? And they have to keep each other alive? So this kid is going to be a badass out of no where?

Live Free sucked, it was NOT a Die Hard movie, it just had the names, that's it. The Kevin Smith cameo/part was AWFULLL, same thing with his daughter....good god man, what do people see in that retarded movie?

I can't see this being good, because why would he be in Russia....he's a cop, and what could he even get away with there? He's an American with
John M in Russia? With his son? And they have to keep each other alive? So this kid is going to be a badass out of no where?

Live Free sucked, it was NOT a Die Hard movie, it just had the names, that's it. The Kevin Smith cameo/part was AWFULLL, same thing with his daughter....good god man, what do people see in that retarded movie?

I can't see this being good, because why would he be in Russia....he's a cop, and what could he even get away with there? He's an American with absolutely no jurisdiction. This sounds bad.
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4:35PM on 02/22/2012
I really want to hate this but cant bring myself to...as much as i say leave things be John McClane will always be welcome at my cinema
I really want to hate this but cant bring myself to...as much as i say leave things be John McClane will always be welcome at my cinema
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4:26PM on 02/22/2012
Dude, what are you talking about? Live Free or Die Hard was a damn fun flick. Heck, it's scored a pretty high 82% on rottentomatoes... so I think it was highly well received and wasn't lacking anything other than F bombs which I happily got on my unrated DVD copy. I personally don't think the series needs new blood as Willis has been pulling it off and kicking major butt in every installment.
Dude, what are you talking about? Live Free or Die Hard was a damn fun flick. Heck, it's scored a pretty high 82% on rottentomatoes... so I think it was highly well received and wasn't lacking anything other than F bombs which I happily got on my unrated DVD copy. I personally don't think the series needs new blood as Willis has been pulling it off and kicking major butt in every installment.
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