The third movie in the Expendables series comes out at the end of summer, and, as with the previous two entries, it’s expected to be a tremendous success. We’ve already heard about the potential for at least one spin-off film in The Expendables style, the female-centric Expendabelles, which will feature a cast of kick-ass ladies from franchises across the big screen. This where Bruce Campbell comes in. The Evil Dead icon once discussed the idea of a Horror icon-version of The Expendables that would feature, among others, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees Kane Hodder, A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Kruger Robert Englund, and, of course, The Chin himself, Bruce Campbell. (more…)
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While the first Expendables was pretty bad, The Expendables 2 went bigger, packed in more 40 years or older action stars, and– well, it still kinda sucked, but it was an improvement over the original. Since the third film was announced, it seems like we’ve been hearing about a new middle aged actor being added to the film every other week. Well, we now have a comprehensive list of who’s starring in the latest movie, which began production today:
- Sylvester Stallone
- Jason Statham
- Jet Li
- Dolph Lundgren
- Randy Couture
- Terry Crews
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Wesley Snipes
- Antonio Banderas
- Mel Gibson
- Harrison Ford
- Kellan Lutz
- Ronda Rousey
- Victor Ortiz
- Glen Powell
Now, that may seem like a cast of “has-been” actors, and even a couple of “never-weres” (everyone knows acting and arm bars go hand in hand), but the upward trend, however slight, has me feeling hopeful. In theory, the movie acts as an avenue in bringing action packed nostalgia to fans of those 80’s-90’s action films, but seeing how those first two movies went, I’m surprised we are getting a third. Maybe my tastes have grown, but the first movie came off as incredibly cheesy, while the second also left a lot to be desired.
The latest plot continues the theme of pitting the battling mercenaries against a team that, in reality, is not very much different than themselves. This time, they are going through with a “new school vs. old school” story, which is kind of confusing to me, considering the majority of the cast is what most people would consider “old school.”
The cast for the third installment of the Expendables franchise is filling up quick. They’ve been hard at work making Expendables 3 just as star-filled as the other two flicks, bringing in the aging action stars to do more old people stunts and pay tribute to their past action fame. Harrison Ford was brought into the fold recently and now two more old folks are on board – Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas.
If rumors are true, Gibson will be taking on the role of the main baddie this time around, which is, considering Gibson’s current reputation, probably the best part he could play (and one of the best they could get for the part). Unfortunately, there’s no word on what’s going on with Banderas other than the fact that he’ll be in there somewhere.
Altogether, the Expendables 3 cast is shaping up pretty well, consisting of names like Kelan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Ronda Rousey, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham. Rumors are also still flying about the potential addition of Nick Cage, Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich and Wesley Snipes, though nothing is set in stone in that regard.
Check out Expendables 3 in all its geriatric glory come August 15th, 2014.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
Sylvester Stallone teased his Twitter followers yesterday about who might be directing Expendables III. You can check out the entire Twitter feed here. The end result being Stallone’s choice of Patrick Hughes to direct the next Expendables sequel.
Hughes only has one feature film under his belt, but Stallone likes it, he likes it a lot. The trailer for Hughes’ Red Hill is below and there’s also a short film of Hughes, Signs, that Stallone couldn’t stop tweeting about. Stallone had tried to get Mel Gibson to direct, but somehow that didn’t work out.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Does Hughes film style fit the Expendables mold?
Hughes short film Signs.
If there’s one movie franchise that people are anticipating a return to more than Star Wars it has to be The Expendables. Okay, so maybe that’s a complete load of crap, but regardless of how we feel about it the studios are certainly planning to put together a third installment. And while attending the premiere of Bullet to the Head, Sylvester Stallone talked a bit about where he’d like to see the franchise go in the future.
What did he have to offer in the way of Expendables plot lines? Well, there was this:
The Expendables… they’re broken up, they’re shot, they’ve had it, they’re done. We have to hire new us, we have to find new Expendables, but there are none! They don’t make people like us anymore; they are all like robots. So I can go out and hire five young guys, but they’re the new army, they got drones and technology, but they’re not like us. Remember in Tropic Thunder? Just like those guys!
So the archetypal meatheads get replaced with kids and technology? Doesn’t exactly sound like the Expendables that I remember. I thought the whole point of these things was to fill them with iconic action stars?
Well, if that idea sucks balls, at least Sly had another to offer:
There’s another combination, and it involves girlfriends. Say I got divorced, say I am married to Sigourney Weaver, then she gets half the Expendables, she gets what I call The Expendabelles. So I need help and I have to go to her. And I’d like to have like Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano. It’ll be something like that, very different.
Sounds a bit like the lady Expendables idea that’s been all over the place, except mixed in with the dudes. Perhaps a bit more reasonable than the tech idea though.
To sum it all up, Stallone had this to say:
The main thing is it can’t be about us! We’re done. We need to bring in new blood. And you bring in geeks and girls and women, people who are different.
Well, maybe the old guard is done with this mediocre franchise and they’re looking to bring new blood in to keep the dollars flowing.
What do the NerdReaders think? Is another Expendables movie even worth the cost of the film it’s printed on? Does Stallone have some good ideas, or is he most likely on drugs and sleep deprived?
Thanks to BleedingCool for the heads-up.
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Simon West is gonna direct Expendables 2, the sequel to the not-so-great Expendables.
Although filming will begin in October, we still don’t have a very clear cast list for this flick. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis will definitely return, and this time their roles will be significantly more substantial than their cameos in the first movie.
Beyond that, cast members from the original, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews, Jet Li and Sylvester Stallone will probably return for the sequel.
Rumor’s got it that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Donnie Yen and Scott Adkins may also be additions to the roster although that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet.
I’m not expecting much from this movie, but we’ll see what happens!