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Die Hard 5: A Good Day to Die Hard – Casting Suggestions for “John McClane Jr.”

We learned earlier today that the 5th installment in the Die Hard franchise will heavily feature McClane’s son – John McClane Jr. So the next obvious question is: Who merits the right to carry the family name? I loved the casting of Mary Elizabeth Winstead as ‘Lucy McClane’in the 4th movie, can they as well with her brother?

So in my anticipation for this latest addition to Action Cinema’s greatest franchise ever, here are some of my humble suggestions for the casting director…

John McClane Jr., Die Hard 5, Boardwalk EmpireMichael Pitt

Born April 10th, 1981: 26 yrs Younger than Willis, 8 years old when the first movie was released.

Pitt, the star of HBO’s Boradwalk Empire has proven there he has the acting chops to be considered for a major film role. And while Boardwalk is a significant departure from his prior roles, many of which wouldn’t scream ‘badass’, you can’t deny the presence and believability HBO has given him in terms of being man enough to be called a McClane. Pitt is the oldest guy on my list, but if it were me, he’d be the first guy I called in for a screen test…

John McClane Jr., Die Hard 5, TRONGarrett Hedlund

Born September 3rd, 1984:  29 Yrs Younger than Willis, 5 years old when the first movie was released.

Hedlund made a name for himself last year with his role in TRON: Legacy, but he had done his share of action movies before that, including Death SentenceTroy, and Four Brothers. He’s the right age and has the necessary pedigree to handle the role. Something like this, along with the rumored 3rd TRON movie could turn him into a household name, and that prospect could be attractive to FOX. Plus he seems likable…

John McClane Jr., Die Hard 5, TerminatorThomas Dekker

Born December 28th, 1987:  32 Yrs Younger than Willis, 2 years old when the first movie was released.

Dekker starred on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles as the boy who would become the man who would lead the human resistance against the machines – John Conner. And while during the first season he seemed an unlikely hero, I thought he really started to come into his own as the show progressed. Since then he’s appeared in 10 projects, including the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake and has 3 more on the way. And while he will probably be the least popular suggestion of mine, I can see potential…

And finally, if he was about 5 years younger I think Logan Marshall-Green would’ve been perfect, but he’s probably just a little old…

John McClane Jr., Die Hard 5, Devil, Dark BlueSo those are my picks, what about you?

‘DIE HARD 5’ Has a Director

Star Wars. Lord of the Rings. Indiana Jones. All great…for the most part. But for my money, my favorite film franchise all time is Die Hard. And as much as some people might want to rip on 2007’s Live Free of Die Hard, I loved it. The movie was throughly entertaining. Outside of Bruce Willis it also starred several of my other favorite actors – Timothy Olyphant, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin Smith, Maggie Q…it was awesome.

Well now, 4 years after Willis proved wrong people who said he was too old, we’re getting a 5th movie. And that movie, for the 4th time, appears to have a Director – Justin Lin Joe Cornish Noam Murro John Moore according to Deadline.

Now, I’ve got nothing against Mr. Moore personally, but this isn’t a choice that instills me with a lot of confidence. Here are the last 4 movies he has directed: Behind Enemy LinesFlight of the PhoenixThe OmenMax Payne. Not the greatest run I’ve seen, and apparently I’m not alone. The average score of these four movies on IMDb is 5.75, and on Rotten Tomatoes they average about 27%. That’s…well, really bad. I saw all 4 of these. Behind Enemy Lines was mediocre, the Flight of the Phoenix remake was ok, but forgettable, The Omen remake was kinda shitty, and Max Payne was flat out terrible. This is the guy helming the newest Die Hard? Please Mr. Moore. Step you game up.


THE THING (2011) – Pictures, Posters, and the Trailer…

One of my all-time favorite Horror/Sci-Fi movies is without a doubt, 1982’s The Thing (inspired by 1951 original). Directed by horror legend John Carpenter, the movie starred a rare all male cast that included Kurt Russell, Keith David (They Live), and Richard Masur (License to Drive).

And of course, Wilford Brimley.

It was about a group of American scientists in Antarctica, shut off from the world, and confronted by an other worldly danger. It’s was free of CGI and chalk-full of awesome old school effects. The movie was a great example of an excellent ensemble cast and had awesome tension though-out. It is, to date, what I consider to be Kurt Russell’s finest performance.

Now we are about to get a some more back story on the classic. 2011’s The Thing not be a remake as originally thought, but will be a prequel to the 80’s version. This time  chronicling what happened in the week prior to the events of the original. It will take place at the Norwegian base from which ‘the thing’ came from in the form of a dog last time.

I’ve been curious to see what they were gonna do with this, and I am admittedly pleased  it’s in fact a prequel instead of a remake. And bonus – I like the cast. Namely, the star, our inaugural Grizzly Girl – Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Anyhow, here is the trailer…

Personally, I don’t think the trailer was great, but my interest remains peaked. Aside from Mary, I also really like Eric Christian Olsen (Community) despite his mostly terrible resume, and Joel Edgerton (upcoming Warrior) shows promise.

Here are some production shots…

The new poster looks a lot like the old one…

And a BONUS, for those who haven’t seen it…

and DOUBLE BONUS – The movie that inspired that one…