Bruce Willis will star as Paul Kersey — a role originally played by Charles Bronson — in an upcoming Death Wish remake, directed by Big Bad Wolves‘ Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, Paramount confirmed to EW.
The first Death Wish premiered in 1974, and followed a man-turned-vigilante who seeks revenge after his wife is killed and his daughter is sexually assaulted. The film was directed by Michael Winner and based on a Brian Garfield’s 1972 novel of the same name. It went on to spawn four sequels, the most recent being 1994’s Death Wish V: The Face of Death, and also inspired 2007’s Death Sentence.
Willis — who’s been associated with a new Death Wish since 2013 — most recently starred in 2015’s Extraction and Rock the Kasbah, and has a bit of experience with action films in a similar vein as Death Wish. One of his more notable roles is starring in the Die Hard franchise, a series of five movies about a New York cop who finds himself roped into playing hero when disasters strike.
The Death Wish remake does not yet have a release date.
Deadline first reported the news.