Jai Courtney Cast as Bruce Willis' Son in A Good Day to Die Hard
02.23.12 by Ryan
Spartacus: Blood and Sand actor Jai Courtney has landed the coveted role of Jack McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, the fifth installment of the successful franchise. The casting ends a global search for an actor to portray Bruce Willis' fictional son. It isn't great news for hopefuls Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad remake), and Ben Foster (Contraband), all of whom tested for the part last November. You have to give Fox credit; Courtney does look like he could be Willis' son in the photo above, likely taken from the actor's screen test with Willis.
After saving his estranged daughter (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) from cyber-terrorists in Live Free or Die Hard, Willis will travel to Russia to help out his estranged son Jack. "Jack may even be more of a hardass than his father," said a Fox press release (via THR). "Despite their differences, they must work together to keep each other alive — and the world safe for democracy."
Willis has been clamoring for a fifth Die Hard since at least 2009, but claimed that he "would only do [another] sequel" if there was continuity from Live Free or Die Hard, including the return of director Len Wiseman and co-star Justin Long, claiming "You can't do one without Justin."
Well, it looks like you can. Director John Moore is stepping in for Wiseman and Courtney ostensibly is taking the place of Long. Moore, whose last two movies were the 2008 video game adaptation Max Payne ("16% approval rating from review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes) and the 2006 remake of The Omen (26%), doesn't exactly inspire confidence for the sequel, which also sports a script from Skip Woods, who co-wrote 2010's The A-Team (47%) and 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (37%). Of course, prior to Live Free or Die Hard, Wiseman was only known for directing the first two Underworld movies (31% and 16% respectively).
With production starting this April, A Good Day to Die Hard is scheduled to open on February 14th, 2013 (yes, Valentine's Day).