Spartacus actor Jai Courtney will die hard as Bruce Willis' son

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Outside of his native spider-snake-deathland Australia, Jai Courtney is pretty much just known as Andy Whitfield’s (RIP) bromantic partner Varro, in STARZ’s muscles and gore series, Spartacus. But that’s all set to change now that he has been cast as Jack Mclane, son of the cop with the worst GPS and timekeeping skills in the world, John Mclane.

Yippee-ki-ya, mate!

In the 5th film in the popular franchise, A Good Day to die Hard, Bruce Willis’ Mclane will be… Ow, ow, ow. It seems that title is so bad that it’s causing severe stabbing pains to my optic nerve just by reading it. Damn, you Bruce Willis. Have you no mercy for my cerebellum?

…Ok, let me just take a swig of grandpa’s ol’ cough medicine here and try that again…

In the 5th film in the popular franchise, A Good Day to die Hard (still a slight pain, but bearable this time)Bruce Willis’ Mclane will be travelling to Moscow where he needs to help his estranged son – who is more like him than Mclane would like to admit – diffuse a potential terrorist situation.

And judging by this released image of a screen test that Courtney did, after chopping off the blonde locks he does actually have a bit of a resemblance to Willis:

The film’s official synopsis reads:

“Since the first Die Hard in 1988, John McClane has found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the skills and attitude to always be the last man standing, making him enemy #1 for terrorists the world over.

Now, McClane faces his greatest challenge ever, this time on an international stage, when his estranged son Jack is caught up in the daring prison escape of a rogue Russian leader, and father and son McClane must work together to keep each other alive and keep the world safe for democracy.”

Which could actually be a pretty fun film, except that the crew behind this film is not exactly filling me with confidence. It is being directed by John Moore, who was also responsible for the atrocious Max Payne. Well, at least we know Die Hard 5 (ah, much better) will be better than that steaming slow-mo turd (which is not saying much), as the only way they can make a worse film is if that was their actual goal in life. Skip “I apologize for Wolverine, it was totally FOX’s meddling” Woods will be on scripting duties. Along with the X-Men spinoff he has also written Hitman, Swordfish and A-Team. So definitely a mixed bag.

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I love the Die Hard franchise – and I’ll even go on record as saying that Die Hard 4.0, while nowhere near the original trilogy, wasn’t too bad when it came to pure popcorn entertainment – so I’m issuing a prayer to the Flying Spaghetti Monster that they don’t stuff this one up.

Last Updated: February 23, 2012

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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