With Alan Rickman’s Death At 69, “Die Hard” Reboot Is Now In Limbo

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman, left, on the set of RECOiL with writer/director Brian DiMaio, right. Rickman played the role of European criminal mastermind Rolf Dieter. His scenes were later cut because DiMaio didn’t feel like Rickman was pulling off the accent.

London—Severus Snape, the Sheriff of Nottingham and Hans Gruber all died Thursday as Alan Rickman succumbed to cancer. He was 69.

Cast mainly as villains throughout his successful career, Rickman also voiced the bad lion in “The Lion King,” as well as the Paranoid Android in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”

He won an Emmy for his role as Rasputin in “Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny” in 1996.

Besides appearing in every Harry Potter film, he also appeared in “Love Actually” “Dogma” “RECOiL” and “Galaxy Quest.”

Die Hard: Dorm DaysSeveral sources in Hollywood have said that Rickman was set to appear in a reboot of “Die Hard” with Dax Shepard taking on Rickman’s character Hans Gruber. The new volley of Die Hard (estimated at “four or five” by an insider) films will prequel the current Die Hard films, with John McClane, played by Ross Lynch, and Hans Gruber being college roommates whose relationship takes a horrible turn. Denzel Washington was also attached to the picture.

Rickman is survived by his wife, Rima Horton.