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Charlize Theron wants to star in a lesbian version of Die Hard

Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde
(Image credit: Focus Features)

Ever wondered what Die Hard would be like if John McClane had been played by a woman? Charlize Theron has – and she wants that role. 

A Twitter user first posed the idea, tweeting: "Lesbian Christmas rom coms are all well and good but what I REALLY want is a Die Hard where Charlize Theron goes on a rampage to save her wife." 

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"Where do I sign?" Theron replied, and she recently doubled down on her support for the hypothetical movie when she was asked about it in an interview with Vanity Fair

"Yeah, I mean, it’s a great idea," she said. "That’s why I replied on Twitter. Because I just thought that was kind of brilliant. I was like, 'This person needs to start pitching. That’s a great idea.' And the fact that it would be two women, I was like, 'Yeah, sign me on.'"

The original movie is a cornerstone of the modern action genre. It was released in 1988 and stars Bruce Willis as McClane, a New York City police detective who gets caught up in a terrorist takeover of a Los Angeles skyscraper while visiting his estranged wife on Christmas Eve. The late Alan Rickman plays the movie's main antagonist.

Theron is no stranger to action movies, either – she's had roles in a host of successful releases throughout her career, like The Italian Job, Atomic Blonde, and, most recently, The Old Guard. Her upcoming projects include Fast & Furious 9 and The School for Good and Evil, a fantasy flick from director Paul Feig. 

While a Charlize Theron-led Die Hard remake may not be happening anytime soon, you can check out our list of the best Netflix action movies to find the next best thing.

I’m an Entertainment Writer at GamesRadar+, covering everything film and TV-related across the Total Film and SFX sections – I help bring you all the latest news and the occasional feature, too. I’ve previously written for publications like HuffPost and i-D after getting my NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism.