Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Captaindemotion, Sep 1, 2011.
^Pretty much sums up my opinion of the Bourne sequels, shame as I really like the first one.
it's being reported that casting for McClane Jr is down to 4 actors.
They're Liam Hemsworth, brother of Thor star Chris, Aaron Paul, so good as Jessie in Breaking Bad (but tv scheduling may be against him), James Badge Dale (who's already done action sidekick in season 3 of 24, where he played Jack's CTU partner Chase Edmunds) and DJ Corona, who's currently shooting GI Joe 2.
For my money, Aaron Paul is probably the best actor in the bunch, but it's hard to imagine him as Bruce Willis' son. Hemsworth is perhaps the most convincing in that regards. Dale is fairly reliable but even though he's only 31, he looks older (IMHO, he looked about 30 when he was in 24 nearly a decade ago) and that may go against him. McClane Jr should probably be about 30, given that the character looked about 8 or 9 in the original movie, made in the late 1980s.
Corona, to me, does not look in the least like Willis.
One thing that occurs is I hope they avoid the cliche of MrClane Jr being a whiny, useless brat who's estranged from his Dad (though Aaron Paul would probably excel in that role). In DH and DHWAV, John was estranged from his wife, in DH4.0 he was estranged from his daughter. And the plotline of the hero being estranged from his offspring has been done in everything from 24, to the Gene Hackman/ Matt Dillon movie Target, to Grand Torino to Taken.
It would be nice and actually a little daring if McClane Jr wasn't an asshole and whiny brat but was actually a decent young guy like his Dad before him; if he and John actually had a good relationship at the start of the movie and didn't have to patch up their differences while saving the world. Yes, I know conflict creates drama but maybe the writers should challenge themselves and come up with a new way of creating drama for McClane Sr and Jr.
Hemsworth would seem to be a leading contender. His last name could carry some weight + he's working on Expendables 2 with Willis. Assuming Willis has any input on the casting.
^ The article seemed to think he did have an input.
I'd also expect that he would. In DH3, he brought along Jackson, his Pulp Fiction co-star, while he was also supposed to have nixed David Thewlis as the baddie for that movie. The studio wanted Thewlis, after his award winning turn in Naked (he also looks more like Rickman than Jeremy Irons) but Willis insisted on a name actor, and got his way, with Oscar winner Irons joining the crew.
Willis also got on well with Ben Affleck on Armageddon and for a long time, Affleck was supposed to be joining the set of the fourth DH movie as Bruce's son/sidekick.
So, you could be onto something, if Hemsworth and Willis get on on the set of The Expendables, he's likely to land the role.
I really enjoyed the first couple of Die Hard movies, but I think they are trying to squeeze blood from a rock now.
Don't be ridiculous, how are they supposed to create any drama in a film full of gun wielding terrorists if father and son aren't estranged
^ It's Skip Woods writing, he probably won't be able to create any drama anyway... Must stop being so negative!
Oh please Aaron Paul, don't waste your time on this nonsense. Since the franchise has already gone full-retard they should be casting a pro wrestler as little McClain. Either that or Shia LeBeouf.
‘Spartacus’ Alum Jai Courtney Lands Coveted ‘Die Hard’ Lead
Words cannot describe how I am not interested in this project.
No movie franchise has ever benefited from the introduction of the protagonist's offspring.
The Star Wars series?
Die Hard 1 had his kids in it, and Lucy in the 4th was great.
This is incorrect.
I have to disagree, I liked Lucy's role in the film.
Vader is not the protagonist. I don't care how many times Lucas says he is.
Yeah, why don't they use her in the 5th?
Mary Elizabeth Winstead was last seen in THE THING prequel from 2011, yet visually and vocally she seemed altogether different from her roles in DH4, DEATH PROOF and SKY HIGH. I'm not sure why....
If DH5 gets released on Valentine's Day, is this to indicate John McClane Jr. will try to attract viewers no longer fascinated with Bruce Willis?
I think DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE HARDEST would've been a zippier title myself.
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