Jai Courtney Signed to Play John McClane Jr. in 'Die Hard' Sequel
by Ethan Anderton
February 22, 2012
Just last year it was reported that Bruce Willis would return again as John McClane in A Good Day to Die Hard, set for a Valentine's Day release next year. At the time, it was revealed that the story would follow McClane trying to save his son somewhere in Russia where "nothing is what it seems." Some pretty big names were up to play John McClane, Jr. but a press release from Fox has revealed that "Spartacus: Blood and Sand" star Jai Courtney has landed the coveted role instead, and they've included a snapshot of the actor from a screen test alongside Willis, each with guns in hand, which you can see in its entirety below.
Here's Jai Courtney alongside Bruce Willis screentesting for A Good Day to Die Hard:
Names like Ben Foster (The Mechanic), Paul Dano (Knight & Day), Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad"), Paul Walker (Fast and Furious) and Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes") were all in consideration, but I guess Courtney outdid them all. Combine this role with Courtney also nabbing a role alongside Tom Cruise in One Shot, and this guy's career is about to skyrocket. The press release has John McClane, Jr. (who goes by Jack) described as "an apple that has not fallen far from the tree" and "may even be more of a hardass than his father." But despite their differences the two are forced to work together in order to stay alive in Moscow and keep "the world safe for democracy," whatever the hell that means. Max Payne director John Moore is directing the film which is slated to begin production in April, hopefully with an R-rating in mind this time around.