February 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
in Casting, Images
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.
November 8, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
and Rebecca Lewis
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• 00:00 – 16:00 – We discuss some of the big news that broke over the past week or so, including Eddie Redmayne joining Les Mis; Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara in Malick’s “Lawless”; THR’s Next Gen List and more.
• 16:00 – 24:00 – Linda discusses and reviews “J. Edgar” and “Take Shelter”, including some gushing over Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, and assessing each of the movie’s awards chances. No spoilers.
• 24:00 – END – We go in depth into discussions about some of the big projects that many young actors will be reading for, including “Winter’s Tale”; “Akira”; “Arthur and Lancelot”; and “Die Hard 5″.
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November 4, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sorry Ben Foster, Paul Dano and Milo Ventigmilia. It looks like out of that original shortlist, only Aaron Paul has made it to the next level of testing for the role of son-to-Bruce Willis John McClane, Jr. in “A Good Day to Die Hard, to be directed by John Moore in Russia early next year. But he still doesn’t have the part yet, as Deadline reports three more contestants have entered the ring: Liam Hemsworth (who is all over these high profile shortlists lately), James Badge Dale and DJ Cotrona.
Paul won an Emmy in 2010 for his role on AMC’s critically acclaimed “Breaking Bad” and has recently started to sign on to film projects, the most recent being dark comedy “Smashed” opposite Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Deadline points out his “Breaking Bad’ schedule could present a problem here, which would be a shame. Hemsworth made his American feature film debut in Nicholas Sparks adaptation “The Last Song” but has not been seen on the screen since, although after landing the role of Gale in next March’s “The Hunger Games”, that will all change. Badge Dale can currently be seen in Michael Fassbender-starrer “Shame” and is filming “World War Z” opposite Brad Pitt. Cotrona had been primarily a TV actor but got his big film break recently when he was cast as Flint in the currently-filming “G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.” Advantage Cotrona? Willis plays Joe in that film.
20th Century Fox is said to be eyeing the youngster to take over the “Die Hard” franchise if this 4th sequel proves lucrative, so this would be a big get for whoever lands it, similar to Jeremy Renner’s role opposite Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” Let’s just all be thankful Renner is too old to play Willis’ son… isn’t he?