A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
JAI COURTNEY (Jack McClane) has become highly sought after having already been cast opposite two of Hollywood's biggest stars in the recent film JACK REACHER starring Tom Cruise, and now A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD.
Jai was cast as a police detective opposite Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in FELONY, which centers on a decorated cop (Edgerton) who runs a cyclist off the road after drinking with his buddies to celebrate a major gang bust. His split-second decision to lie about the incident changes everyone's lives forever.
Jai was born and raised in the northwest region of Sydney, where he developed an early interest in acting. He participated in a state sponsored drama program for young people, which led him to audition for the National Institute of Dramatic Art after high school. In 2004 Jai joined the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) a well-respected institution in Perth that counts Hugh Jackman and the late Heath Ledger among its alumni, and from where he graduated in 2008.
Jai quickly landed guest star roles on two hit Australian shows, PACKED TO THE RAFTERS and ALL SAINTS, and later that year he won a Theatre Critics Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in "The Turning" at the Perth Theatre Company.
In 2009 Jai landed the sought after role of Varro in the hit television series SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND. The character of Varro became the closest confidante to Spartacus until his death in the tenth episode. Fans of the show created an uproar over Varro's death and to this day continue to lament about it on the many SPARTACUS fan sites and blogs.
Next, Jai was cast in Paramount's JACK REACHER alongside Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog. The thriller, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, centers on the investigation of the murder of five people whose deaths seem random, but ultimately are not as they appear.
After JACK REACHER, Jai went directly to the Lionsgate film I, FRANKENSTEIN opposite Aaron Eckhart. The film is a modern twist on the classic horror tale, in which Jai plays the leader of one of two immortal clans raging in endless war, with Frankenstein's soulless monster standing between them. It is directed by Stuart Beattie, and is scheduled for a 2013 release.
Jai has been working tirelessly to raise awareness and the funds needed to produce the feature-length documentary BE HERE NOW about his friend the late Andy Whitfield, who passed away 18 months after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It was Andy's desire to have this documentary produced in order to help and inspire others dealing with cancer or any of life's challenges. The documentary is helmed by Academy Award nominated documentarian Lilibet Foster.
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