There’s been a fair amount of speculation about who would play John McLane’s son in A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifith installment of the Die Hard series. The likes of Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, Ben Foster, Paul Dano, and Milo Ventimiglia are all said to have tested for the part, but now the role has gone to somebody would wasn’t even mentioned in previous rumours about the role, Spartacus: Blood & Sand actor Jai Courtney.
20th Century Fox even released a shot of Courtney during a screen test with Bruce Willis, which you can see above.
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, who may even be more of a hardass than his father. Despite their differences, they must work together to keep each other alive – and the world safe for democracy. The film begins production this April, for a February 14, 2013 release.
Last year, Courtney landed a starring role opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, so the Aussie actor’s star is definitely on the rise.