The Die Hard franchise has been a mainstay in action movie genre for the past two decades or so and Bruce Willis, the actor behind the iconic character John Mcclane, might never separate himself from his fictional doppelganger. With four Die Hard films under his belt, no one would be surprised if Willis hung up his cleats, so to speak, and handed the role over to a younger actor. It appears that Bruce Willis is not finished yet. Fans, get ready – John Mcclane is back for a fifth iteration, A Good Day to Die Hard.
Bruce Willis reprises his role as John Mcclain, but this time the rough-spoken cop does not have the luxury of fighting on American soil. A Good Day to Die Hard follows our hero to Russia, where he is determined to talk some sense into his seemingly rebellious son, Jack. As it turns out, however, Jack is really an undercover CIA operative with ties to a major Russian terrorist network that is bent on obtaining and operating a nuclear weapon. Mcclane and son must join forces to thwart their terrorist foes and in the process audiences can expect plenty of explosions, gunfights, and familiar Die Hard catch phrases.
For some, the series has grown stale. It is true that the series may have peaked early, but there is no denying the success the franchise has seen when it comes to the box office. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, the franchise has grossed over $435 million domestically before inflation. After inflation, that total balloons to over $715 million, a staggering number that clearly shows audiences are turning out to see the adventures of John Mcclane. Time will tell whether A Good Day to Die Hard will enjoy such success, but it certainly appears to represent the franchise well.
As for the cast, Willis will always be the main attraction and the rumored appearance of Patrick Stewart (unconfirmed) may add additional star-power. Still, A Good Day to Die Hard seems lacking when it comes to big names. That has never stopped the franchise from achieving success before, and, as in every film, the possibility of emerging talent is always present. Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Vengeance) will occupy the spot of Jack Mcclane, while Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Live Free or Die Hard) will return as John Mcclane’s daughter, Lucy. Others starring in the film include Cole Hauser, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Amaury Nolasco. John Moore, the film’s director, has had mixed success in the action genre with films that include Behind Enemy Lines (2001) and Max Payne(2007).
A Good Day to Die Hard is scheduled for release on Valentine’s Day – February 14th – 2013 and will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The film has not yet been given a rating by the MPAA, but it can be reasonably assumed that the film will carry at least a rating of PG-13.
There have been no official reviews of the film as of yet, but look for them in the coming weeks. Until then, check back here for the latest news, inside reports, trailers, pictures, and videos.
Article written by Greg Meier
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