It appears that the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place for the (somewhat) highly anticipated fifth Die Hard movie. After a long and exhaustive search, 20th Century Fox have decided upon the perfect candidate to play John McClane Jr. in the next film (officially titled A Good Day To Die Hard). Their choice: Australian actor Jai Courtney, best known for playing Varro on the Starz original series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. I’ve never seen the show myself, but judging by the photos he looks to be sufficiently chiseled for what we can only assume is a very manly role. The question is, will he have the necessary chemistry with Bruce Willis? I suppose we’ll find out soon enough.
According to Deadline, Courtney beat out Liam Hemsworth, star of The Hunger Games and younger brother of Chris Hemsworth, for the coveted role. Courtney is still something of an unknown, but he also has a supporting role in the upcoming Lee Child adaptation One Shot, starring Tom Cruise. At the very least, I’m guessing he will also help to bring a female audience to a franchise that is very male-oriented.
As previously announced, the plot of the new movie finds John McClane traveling to Moscow to bail his estranged son Jack out of jail. Despite their differences, they find themselves relying on each other to survive as they slowly uncover a world-threatening terrorist plot. It is also being hinted that Fox hopes Jai Courtney might take over the franchise after this installment, but hey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. A Good Day to Die Hard hits theatres on February 14th, 2013 and will be directed by John Moore (Max Payne). So what do you think, did they make the right choice?