‘Die Hard 5′ Snags a Pair of Russian Villains

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 24th, 2013 at 9:30 am,

die hard 5 villain casting Die Hard 5 Snags a Pair of Russian Villains

Production is about to begin on the fifth installment in the Die Hard franchise, bearing the punny title A Good Day to Die Hard. Bruce Willis will reprise his career-defining role as loose cannon, Irish-American cop John McClane – who’s really a fish out of water this time around, as he ends up battling baddies overseas in Russia while also reuniting with his son Jack (Spartacus Jai Courtney).

While there were rumors circulating a year ago that a member of the Gruber clan could be featured as the antagonist in Die Hard 5, that was long before any official plot details had been announced. Judging by today’s casting update – which concerns what are believed to be the two primary villain roles in the movie – McClane and Son will be facing much more generic foes on their crazy trip overseas.

The most recent Good Day to Die Hard script draft penned by Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman) reportedly sees McClane travel to Moscow in order to get his trouble-making son out of prison. However, it turns out John and Jack are both being used as pawns in a global terrorist scheme – thus, forcing the estranged duo to (as Variety puts it) “team up to keep each other alive and protect the world from imminent disaster.”

Parts for two sinister Russian characters named Komorov and Irina - who are almost certainly involved with the aforementioned terrorist plot in Good Day to Die Hard – have now been filled. The former role will be occupied by award-winning German actor Sebastian Koch (The Lives of Others, Unknown), while Komorov’s villainous female counterpart will be bought to life by Russian model-turned-actress Yulia Snigir.

As indicated before, Koch and Snigir’s parts in Die Hard 5 read as being very basic villain archetypes, ie. a two-dimensional baddie and his lovely assistant, respectively. Combine that with John Moore (Behind Enemy Lines, Max Payne) sitting in the director’s chair and it’s all the more apparent: A Good Day to Die Hard could easily end up feeling like a pretty underwhelming addition to the franchise.

On the other hand: if Willis and Courtney’s onscreen chemistry proves as entertaining as that between Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, that could help to elevate the series’ fifth chapter above the level of being a throwaway action movie followup. Such a turn of events would also help ensure that we get to see Willis saddle up as McClane for a sixth (and, according to the actor, final) time.

A Good Day to Die Hard remains scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on February 14th, 2013.

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Source: Variety

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  1. How do you say “Yippee Ki Yay Mother Fu****” in Russian?

    • Ура Ура Ги Матери F****r, according to google translate

      • :D

  2. Ugh. Not feeling good about this at all.

  3. Yulia is rather fetching.

    • +1 to that.

  4. Swordfish and Hitman… that’s not a bad resume….

  5. It all ended with Die Hard all the rest are crap!

  6. Die Hard 1: John saves a building
    Die Hard 2: John saves an airport
    Die Hard 3: John saves a city
    Die Hard 4: John saves a country
    Die Hard 5: John saves the world

    whats next, Die Hard 6: John saves the solar system? haha

    • That’s why he should only save the norther hemisphere in this one.

    • Die Hard 6 : Why don’t John Die Hard already
      Die Hard 7 : You still won’t Die Hard do you?
      Die Hard 8 : Just Die John, Just Die

    • “whats next, Die Hard 6: John saves the solar system? haha”

      Nah, that’s what “Lock-Up” is for. ;)

      *John Wayne impression* But that Yulia sure is mighty pretty.

    • Die Hard 6: John saves his 15% off white vest coupons at Walmart.

    • John saving the solar system? Hmmm – maybe as part of Avengers 2?

  7. I am so geeked out for this movie. I didn’t like 4, but Bruce Willis will make up for it with 5. Hoping to enjoy trailer.

  8. @Sandy Schaefer – Jai Courtney was in SPARTACUS: Blood and Sand not Vengence.

    • My apologies – from what I could gather, Spartacus has technically been renamed Spartacus: Vengeance, which is why I went with that “new” title.

      I changed it so it now just clarifies that he’s an alum of the Spartacus TV show.

  9. I don’t know – I like Koch, but this role won’t lend itself to a stellar performance if they don’t flesh it out more.
    Snigir looks awfully photoshopped in that pic – so much so that I can’t even look at it.
    Will wait for further info on this one…

  10. Bring back John McTeiran…or at least bring back Gordon and Silver to produce. This is crap…plain and simple.

    • John McTeinan would be great.

      I would like to have a Saudi or UAE bad guy for once in a Die Hard movie.

      Why is Hollywood afraid of Hollywood extremism except for war movies like The Hurt Locker or The Kingdom?

      • The second Hollywood should be replaced with Muslim in my comment.

        • I think what I always liked about the Die Hard movies was that the terrorists were never really terrorists. They were just really high class criminals who wanted money. I suppose you could do a Die Hard movie with a Muslim, Saudi, or UAE bad guy, but I’d rather he wasn’t just a religious or ideological terrorist.

  11. If they even brought back a German bad guy again who was related to the Gruber brothers, that would make more sense.

    I just think the writers have become sloppy and lazy with their idea recently. No creativity. At least Ridley Scott has went back to his old ways and is trying to be unique with the Alien franchise.

    Unfortunatley, I have lost hope for a decent Die Hard movie. The last one was pretty good, but felt more like they didn’t try hard enough.

  12. The first three were pretty good, and that in itself was quite an accomplishment because most don’t do well past the second and sometimes past the original. The last Die Hard should have been the end because it got so goofy it came across more like a spoof on action movies. Yet someone wants to sink millions into another die hard…..Didn’t they just have this same brain storm about Rocky 25 or whatever number it’s up to now……Have they basically given up on creativity? I think there’s any number of books they could make movies from that would be far more exciting….

  13. I was a bit mystified to find out so many fans hated Die Hard 4 (Live Free/Die Hard). I thoroughly enjoyed it – actually my second favorite installment after the original. I admit, the episode on the supersonic jet was a bit much — a silly low-spot in the midst of an otherwise worthy actioner. Otherwise, lots of fun, snappy dialogue, imaginative thrills, highly entertaining. And I wasn’t at all bothered that McClane’s renowned tag-line was cleverly snipped for PG-13 purposes. For me, actually hearing “mother-f***er” has never been, ummm, a high priority.

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