After the atrocity that was Live Free or Die Hard, I still find it hard to believe the Die Hard franchise is continuing. But it is. The film is called A Good Day To Die Hard and Bruce Willis is back again as John McClane, this time travelling to Russia to see his son (Jai Courtney), where the pair then become two of the most wanted men in the country.

Leading the charge against the McClane and son will be a villain played by Cole Hauser, best known for his early roles in Dazed and Confused, Higher Learning and Good Will Hunting. John Moore is directing a script by Skip Woods. There’s more after the jump, including the first set photos and a logo.

Deadline broke the news of Hauser’s casting and call it a “pivotal supporting role.” Whether that means if Hauser is the lead villain or just an important one isn’t clear, but he’s certainly a formidable foe for Willis as well as a familiar one. Hauser has previously appeared in both Tears of the Sun and Hart’s War.

Recently, Fox chairman Tom Rothman revealed a few new details about A Good Day To Die Hard, which is still scheduled for a Valentine’s Day 2013 release:

It’s really a father-son story, which is that John McClane’s been a great cop his whole life but he’s been a pretty lousy father. He has a grown son who he’s not really been in much touch with, and McClane thinks the son’s a fuck up — that’s a technical term. [...] So he goes to Russia, he thinks, to bail his son out of jail, and it turns out the son’s not a fuck up, he’s the antithesis of that. In fact, the apple has not fallen far from the tree, the apple has not fallen from the tree, which is that the son is a badder ass John McClane than John McClane.

He then added…

It comes to the point in the story where they’re basically the most wanted men in the entire Soviet Union, and it’s the two of them against all of the bad guys. I’ve just gotta say, it’s a classic, classic Die Hard.

Over at The Film Stage, they’ve linked a bunch of other sites featuring Willis and others on the set of the film, which is now  shooting in Buddapest.

Do you think, now that we know Hauser is in the mix, this really will be “classic, classic Die Hard?”

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