You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Testing begins soon for Willis’ ‘Die Hard’ son

Role winner could wind up front-and-center in Fox franchise

After securing a director and locking down a Valentine’s Day 2013 release date, Fox is ready to line up a young thesp alongside Bruce Willis for “A Good Day to Die Hard” — and whoever wins the job could wind up carrying the lucrative franchise forward.

Multiple sources tell Variety that in the coming days, Willis will begin reading with actors for the role of John McClane’s son.

Fox and Willis have been trying to get the latest “Die Hard,” directed by John Moore from a script by Skip Woods, off the ground for some time. After a handful of rewrites and the loss of its original director, Noam Murro, over scheduling conflicts, Fox and producer Alex Young seem to have the wheels in motion to get the film into production sometime in 2012.

Plot details are being kept under wraps — except that it will be set in Russia, with McClane and son fighting some sort of threat.

As the pic clears obstacles to production, the role of McClane’s son has been on the minds of most of the young actors in Hollywood. Insiders say it could open the door for someone to inherit the “Die Hard” franchise — much like Jeremy Renner could wind up the new face of Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible” series, or Shia LaBeouf in “Indiana Jones.”

Given how much control Willis has over the property, the coming chem tests will be critical in determining who’ll get the gig.

Actors mentioned include Aaron Paul, but there have been numerous others, ranging from Paul Dano to Ben Foster (each of those two has worked with Willis in the past).

At this point, no thesp is said to have an inside track. The studio denied reports of multiple names cited, calling it “all misinformation and incorrect.”

More Film

  • Of Fathers and Sons

    Producer of Oscar-Nommed Syria Documentary Could Miss Awards Due to Visa Problem

    A German producer’s hopes to attend Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony, where his film is up for an Oscar, look likely to be dashed by tightened U.S. Department of Homeland Security restrictions and increased bureaucracy. Hans Robert Eisenhauer is one of the producers of “Of Fathers and Sons,” director Talal Derki’s film about a radical Islamist [...]

  • Speaker of the United States House

    Nancy Pelosi, Ava DuVernay Honored at VH1 Trailblazers Event

    Cher is feeling a little better about what’s happening in Washington, D.C. “When I see Trump spew his hate and tell his gazillion lies, I get pissed off and feel uneasy at the same time,” the Oscar winner and frequent Trump critic said Wednesday while introducing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at VH1 Trailblazers [...]

  • Most Memorable Oscar Speeches in Academy

    The Most Memorable Oscar Speeches in Academy History

    No Academy Awards is complete without some emotional acceptance speeches on stage – and some political ones to boot. With just 90 seconds to make an impact, many actors have used the platform as a voice for political change, calling attention to hot-button issues like climate change and gender equality, while others have simply reveled [...]

  • Jussie Smollett

    Jussie Smollett Arrested, in Custody of Chicago Police

    Jussie Smollett has been arrested and faces criminal charges for allegedly filing a false police report and for disorderly conduct. Chicago police tweeted Thursday morning that the “Empire” actor was under arrest and in custody of detectives. Smollett claimed that he had been attacked by two men on Jan. 29 — he said they beat [...]

  • Billie Holiday (1915-1959, born Eleanora Fagan)

    Billie Holiday Documentary Draws Buyers as Concord Boards Project

    Concord, the successor to the Billie Holiday Estate, has boarded James Erskine’s documentary “Billie,” which tracks the iconic jazz singer’s life. Altitude Film Sales has sold the project to several territories. Also joining the project, now in post-production, is the Brazilian colorization artist Marina Amaral. Most of the filmed and still images that exist of [...]

  • My Extraordinary Summer With Tess review

    Film Review: 'My Extraordinary Summer With Tess'

    Winner of a special mention from the Berlinale Generation KPlus’ adult jury, the family-friendly, light drama “My Extraordinary Summer With Tess” is straightforward youth cinema with surprising emotional depth. Based on a prize-winning novel by Anna Woltz, a beloved Dutch writer of work for young readers, it explores family relationships and emphasizes the importance of [...]

  • UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report: Women, Minorities

    Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

    Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA. “My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content