Australian actor Jai Courtney – best known for playing Varro in US series Spartacus: Blood and Sand – will star alongside Hollywood action star Bruce Willis in the fifth Die Hard movie.
Courtney, a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, will play Willis’ character John McClane’s son, Jack, in A Good Day To Die Hard.
Directed by John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines), the action flick lands permanently-besieged cop John McClane in Moscow, where he is reunited with his estranged son.
Courtney’s casting was announced by his talent agency, Mark Morrisey & Associates (MMA), which has represented the actor since 2008. The global search for Jack McClane lasted for several months and in the end was reportedly down to both Courtney and fellow Aussie actor Liam Hemsworth, who is also backed by MMA (along with his brother Chris).
“The team at Mark Morrissey & Associates extends a warm congratulations to Jai,” Mark Morrissey said. “Our team at MMA is thrilled because 20th Century Fox held an exhaustive search for this role before offering Jai the part.”
Courtney’s other credits include popular Seven family drama Packed To The Rafters and All Saints. He has also finished shooting a new film alongside Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall – One Shot – which is currently in Post Production and set for a February, 2013 release.
A Good Day To Die Hard goes into production in April and is also set for a February, 2013 release.
Die Hard films at the Australian box office
Source: Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia