Die Hard 5 has a title (A Good Day To Die Hard), a director in John Moore (Max Payne), and a release date of February 14, 2013. Now 20th Century Fox and Bruce Willis are testing actors to play John McClane’s son who, in the film, joins his farther in Russia and gets into trouble with local forces.
According to Variety:
In the next week, Willis will begin reading with actors for the role of John McClane’s son, including Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul and Milo Ventimiglia. Fox is also showing strong interest in Paul Walker, but he’s not expected to test.
As the pic began clearing obstacles, the role of McClane’s son has been on the minds of most of the young actors in Hollywood, as insiders say it could open the door to inherit the “Die Hard” franchise — much like Jeremy Renner could wind up the face of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” series, or Shia LaBeouf in “Indiana Jones.”
Bruce Willis will likely have a key role in determining who gets the part (especially if they’re to carry on the franchise in the future). On paper Paul Walker has the advantage, coming off the $600m success of Fast Five, but both Paul Dano and Ben Foster have worked with Willis in the past. I suppose any of the names mentioned above could play John McClane’s son and whatever it entails.
Filming will begin in Russia early next year so casting confirmations will likely be appearing over the next few weeks.