All Female Expendables
Things seem to be moving swiftly with Adi Shankar and 1984 Private Defense Contractors‘ all-female spin-off of The Expendables as Variety is reporting Katee Sackoff (Battlestar Galatica) has joined the production. She and Gina Carano are the only two ladies we know of thus far but the article adds, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre continue to circle the project,” so expect more casting announcements soon.
Shankar told Variety,
If you spend five minutes with Katee it becomes blatantly obvious that she would pwn (sic) most male action stars.
And I believe anyone who’s familiar with Sackoff as Starbuck would wholeheartedly agree.
So far no director has been attached to the project and it seems strange to have prominent actresses signing on for a picture they don’t know who’s directing yet. Maybe a directer has been chosen but for whatever reason they’ve chosen not to make it public. Who would you like to see direct this flick? Would it benefit from also have a woman director?
We cast our own version of an all-female Expendables a few months back, and sadly, none of our casting choices have yet made the cut. But there’s still time! Though it appears this movie isn’t looking to bring back older action stars like they do in The Expendables franchise for men, but rather choosing younger woman associated with the genre. Which I’m completely cool with and am now excited to hear who they announce next! No longer am I expecting Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton to play large roles, but I hope they at least are given good cameos.
What do you think of the team they’re assembling for the all-female Expendables?
A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.
Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.
Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.
Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3 is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”
Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.