Bruce Willis will have big part in Die Hard prequel/sequel

Los Angeles - Bruce Willis will have a big part to play in the plot for the Die Hard "prequel/sequel".

The 60-year-old actor starred as troubled detective John McClane in all five Die Hard films and will feature heavily in the new movie titled Die Hard: Year One - which is described as the origin story - and director Len Wiseman revealed the story will move between the past and the present.

The filmmaker - whose other work includes Total Recall and Underworld - teased: "The reason I say prequel/sequel is because I wasn't going to do it without Bruce. I'm also not going to do it with Bruce being a cameo bookend gimmick. It's really working into the plot, with the 70s having ramifications on present-day Bruce. It inter-cuts in a very fun, imaginative way with present-day John McClane."

The sixth film will be set in New York City in 1979 Wiseman, 42, says the film will ask the question "what created" McClane.

He admits he has discussed the topic with Bruce many times since the fourth film in the franchise the 2007 film Live Free or Die Hard.

He told website Collider: "After doing the fourth one, there were so many conversations that Bruce Willis and I were having about what he put into the character for Die Hard 1. That character comes in with so much baggage, emotionally, and experience. He's already divorced, he's bitter, his Captain hates him and doesn't want him back. So, what created that guy?"

Die Hard: Year One will be released in 2017.

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