Casting: Skarsgard Gets 'Hidden,' JGL Drops Out of 'Django,' 'Die Hard 5' Villains

While Alex Skarsgard is primarily known for his role in the HBO series True Blood, he's gradually carving out a film career as well. Last year marked appearances in Melancholia and the remake of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs. He's got Battleship already in the can and ready to hit screens next month along with mystery-drama The East, thriller Disconnect and the drama What Maisie Knew all due out later this year.

Now the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard has lined up a new project. Variety reports that Skarsgard will topline a horror-thriller titled Hidden, about a family hiding in a bomb shelter after escaping a mysterious outbreak. Twins Matt and Ross Duffer make their feature film directing debut.

As referenced above, Skarsgard has carved a nice niche in the horror-drama genre. As he takes on more projects in the future, what kind of movies would you like to see him play? More horror-thrillers or expand to comedies and action films?

 

It's no secret that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one busy guy. He has three films hitting theaters this summer (The Dark Knight Rises, Premium Rush and Looper) as well as Stephen Spielberg's Lincoln biopic in December. Add to that his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction, that he's gradually piecing together (current cast members include Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore) and his frequent foray into the music word with his hitRECord.org production company and you can't really blame the guy for having to drop something off his plate.

Unfortunately, that something is the role of Jano in Quentin Tarantino's highly anticipated slave-Western Django Unchained. Granted it was a small supporting role, but schedules couldn't be re-arranged to fit him into the production slate. He confirmed to MTV News that, "No, I'm not going to get to do Django. I'd love to, but it just doesn't work."

With JGL out, who should fill in for him?

 

A Good Day to Die Hard, otherwise known as Die Hard 5, is gradually piecing its cast together. Of course Bruce Willis is returning as John McClane and Jai Courtney was cast to play his son Jack a few months ago. There's a rumor out there that Patrick Stewart may be playing a Russian General in the film, though that has yet to be confirmed.

What has been confirmed is the addition of two villains. Sebastian Koch, who starred in the Oscar-winning foreign film The Lives of Others and most recently appeared opposite Liam Neeson in Unknown, will play the lead villain in the film.

Additionally, in keeping to the tradition set by the last two Die Hards, model Yulia Snigir will play the femme fatale villainess who contributes to another bad day for the McClanes.

Die Hard 5 finds John heading to Moscow to sweet talk some cops into letting his rebel son out of jail for something he did, but when he gets there, things surrounding his son's arrest are not as they appear and world-threatening terrorist hijinks ensue. No word on whether director John Moore (The Omen, Max Payne) will return the franchise to its R-rating.

A Good Day to Die Hard hits theaters Valentine's Day 2013.

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