Aussie rising star Jai Courtney lands coveted “Die Hard 5” role; first look at screen test

February 22, 2012 | Posted By In Casting, Images | 1007 Views

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Looks like Jai Courtney is a name we should all be watching out for. After a roller coaster casting process that has seen the likes of Liam Hemsworth, Aaron Paul, James Badge Dale, Milo Ventigmilia, Paul Dano and more young actors vying for the coveted role of John McClane, Jr. opposite Bruce Willis in “A Good Day to Die Hard”, it is the relative unknown Australian who didn’t show up on any previous shortlists that will now join the franchise. Judging from the first image from his screen test with Willis, he’s pretty convincing.

Deadline reports the process likely came down to a final two between Courtney and Hemsworth with Courtney ultimately winning out and preparing to head to Moscow to star as Willis’ estranged son, Jack. McClane and Jack don’t get along but must work together in order to keep each other alive and the world at peace. Previous reports indicated if the film is successful, whoever was cast as Jack could be groomed to take over the franchise from an aging Willis. For now, John Moore will direct the father-son actioner for a February 14, 2013 release.

Having just landed his American feature film debut, legal thriller “One Shot” opposite Tom Cruise, in September, Courtney’s star is exponentially rising just a few months later. He’s perhaps thus far best known for Starz series “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”, but that’s all about to change with “One Shot”, “Die Hard” and a starring role opposite Aaron Eckhart in “I, Frankenstein” on the horizon.

See Courtney and Willis in a promotional shot from their screen test together below.


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