Another week, another Die Hard rumor. Despite the fact that Live Free and Die Hard disappointed some by dropping the franchise’s traditional R-rating, it made bank beyond expectations and earned very positive acclaim from critics and fans alike. Thus, it was inevitable that Die Hard 5 would eventually make its way to theaters, as well.
We’ve known for a while that Bruce Willis and company are keen on bringing John McClane back to the big screen, but all the Die Hard 5 news in the world has yet to yield any concrete plot information. The last big (and now defunct) rumor was that Die Hard and the TV show 24 would join universes as Die Hard 24/7. And now, the newest rumor is that a “Gruber” will be the villain.
Fans of Die Hard are no doubt aware that Hans Gruber, played by the awesome Alan Rickman (Harry Potter), was the original film’s main villain. Though Die Hard 2: Die Harder and Live Free and Die Hard had nothing whatsoever to do with the Gruber clan, Die Hard: With a Vengeance sported Simon Gruber (Jeremy Irons), Hans’ older brother, as its big bad out for a little brotherly revenge.
Check out a video clip of Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard:
What’s Playing says the new rumor doesn’t specify whether or not the Gruber family member is another brother, a sister, a mother, a father, a daughter, a son, a cousin, an uncle, or an aunt, et cetera, just that he or she is related to the Gruber brothers. Keep in mind, at this point this is just a rumor and an unlikely one at that. It’s easy enough to make up a story like this, especially when it’s already been a major plot point in one of the previous films.
Still, I suppose I wouldn’t mind if another Gruber came after McClane, if the idea were done properly. For example, what if the entire Gruber family went after the McClane family? Like Family Feud meets Die Hard? After all, McClane is responsible for having killed two Grubers already, so it’s only plausible that all remaining family members would want a crack at him.
Imagine a team of Grubers, including the lead Gruber (the mother, played by Angela Lansbury), the demolitions Gruber (the uncle, played by Bill Nighy), the sniper Gruber (the sister, played by Emma Thompson), the martial arts Gruber (the cousin, played by Liam Neeson), the sexy Gruber (the adopted younger sister, played by Kate Beckinsale), and the serial killer Gruber (the littlest brother and the baby of the family, played by Tom Hardy) – all affecting German accents.
Honestly, I was just joking when I started writing that, but now I actually want to see this movie.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see a Gruber return for Die Hard 5 as the villain? And if so, what sort of scenario would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.
Source: What’s Playing