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Amazing EXPENDABL3S Casting Hints From Producer Avi Lerner!!

 

Total Film has a quick and fun discussion with Avi Lerner, producer of the two EXPENDABLES films, about badasses we might expect to see in a third installment.  

Seems not only wold a majority of the current cast return - they've already gone out to other big and incredible names to add to the roster for next time around. 

We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters]

Now, it's very important to note here that The Powers That Be approaching these people does NOT mean all of, or any of, this talent will actually agree to appear in the picture.  None the less, this does give us a nice sense of what lines they're thinking along...and conjure tremendous imaginings of what might be.

More at Total Film, HERE.  

THE EXPENDABLES 2 arrives in theaters Friday.  

 

 

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  • Aug. 13, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood would never sign up for this.

    by tomandshell

    And they can't afford Harrison Ford. Snipes and Cage? Done deal.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Hmm...

    by disgustingduo

    Sounds like a way of trying to get people to see the second one to us. The latter of the names mentioned will probably sign up, as for the former - no bloody chance!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Needs Paul Hogan

    by bah

    I've said before, we need a knife throwing contest between Mickey Rourke's character and Crocodile Dundee.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    So I take it Seagal isn't desperate enough for this yet?

    by notcher

    I guess he's doing real well with his television show so....hmm.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Needs Sgt Slaughter.

    by EyeForgiveMelGibson

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Segal is too damn fat and out of shape now...

    by Norman Colson

    While i was digging him in his prime right now he's just about finished.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Hopefully just BS

    by Christian

    Clint Eastwood is sane and succesful enough to just say NO to this POS-franchise. Harrison Ford will probably say no aswell buy his CV is filled with movies that are less than stellar meaning he's judgement sometimes lapses. Wesley Snipes and Nicolas Cage deserve to be in that movie, at least then they wont have time to appear in and ruin any other movie.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russel, Michael Biehn as well would be cool.

    by piltorp75

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    ????

    by Mark Watson

    So want to fucking love this movie but the couple of clips i've seen so far haven't given me any confidence. Im an 80s action movie fanatic but im starting to feel a little embarrased by this.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    And seriously, did I just read that right?

    by notcher

    "We really want Snipes once he comes back from prison." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    And Val Kilmer + Sho Kushugi!!

    by piltorp75

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    2nd (3rd?) tier

    by John Baranick

    Hmmm. Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Vin Diesel, Michael Douglas, Seagal,

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    When does Snipes get out? And Cage says yes to anything

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Really, with his financial woes, Cage would definitely sign on. Ford and Eastwood are NEVER going to sign on to this. Biehn is a great idea though, wouldn't mind Russell either. But you have GOT to get Seagal in the third one. Just makes sense.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Cabbagefanclub

    by gabbygall

    Surely that's a good thing then? Cheap back alley whores suck really well I hear. Not sure how your analogy works here.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:08 p.m. CST

    tomandshell is correct

    by jack

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    but arent they a bit too hasty with EX3?

    by jack

    i mean EX2 has not come out yet and it is not a sure thing that it will have the success that the original had. especially when the original turned out to be a big pile of shit.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Travolta as cheesy villain?

    by John Baranick

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    How bad a script could it be

    by Diego

    If Nicolas Cage rejects it

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Michael Ironside

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Peter Weller

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:10 p.m. CST

    Come on people, Jackie Chan!

    by SlickyVonBoner

    He would probably do this too.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Roddy Piper

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Clint casts a long shadow

    by K-Gin

    His appearance would eclipse everyone else in the movie. He has that much charisma.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Cage will forever be a god

    by Witwiki50

    The Rock. Gone in Sixty seconds. Family Man, National treasure. Con Air. Face off. Kick Ass. Raising arizona Nuff said

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Why not try to get Mr.T?

    by K-Gin

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell, Mel Gibson, Michael Keaton, Michael Beihn

    by Crosby Brito

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    [Cleans nerd cum from inner thigh]

    by Doctor_Strangepork

    I think I would enjoy that, Mr. Lerner.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Time to get some ladies in there. Cynthia Rothrock...BAM!

    by MiggsFacial

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Expendables 3: more old guys shoot guns and rehash catch phrases

    by twogunjames

    It's a crying fucking shame that they are more worried about casting than they are telling good stories or making good movies.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:23 p.m. CST

    if Clint agrees, film his cameo on the spot before he dies

    by Spandau Belly

    Just edit Stallone in talking to him later. You don't want to have Clint agree to do this only to die before he actually does it.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Uhh, actually the reviews either say its really good or

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    really shit, which means, if you liked the first then you'll like this one.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I sure would be pleased...

    by Rick

    ...if this annoying years-old trend of replacing a letter in the title with the sequel number would die a quick death. And I agree about Biehn, Russell, and Chan. Make Jackie a villain, too.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:25 p.m. CST

    And Clint Howard as the evil mastermind.

    by MiggsFacial

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    miggsfacial check her facebook she is still hot

    by jack

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Harrison Ford doesn't really fit with the rest of these guys

    by Spandau Belly

    He's more of an adventure guy than a macho tough guy. His movies weren't as violent and Joel Silvery as the rest of these guys.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Justification for Clint

    by John Baranick

    He was willing to do City Heat with Reynolds wasn't he?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Keith David vs. David Keith!

    by DougMcKenzie

    Make it happen, Sly! But seriously.... Lou Ferrigno. He still is in incredible shape and I want to see him just pick up Arnie and body slam him just for old time's sake.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Carl Weathers. Come on, ACTION JACKSON!!!!

    by Ecto-1

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan or no deal

    by UGG

    He's the greatest action star of all time. And has bigger balls than most of the current cast.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    This talkback makes me want to get on my bike go to the video store.

    by MiggsFacial

  • It's definitely a done deal on Snipes probably playing a villain ala Demoltion Man all over again. And Cage you can easily see in this. I'm with the other TBers Kurt Russell needs to get a call along with Jackie Chan! How they've haven't reached out to him yet baffles me.

  • I'd fucking kill to see him in one of these, ESPECIALLY AS A BAD GUY!!!!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Richard Chaves!

    by Gojira_X

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Sure, Rothrock is still really hot, if you define really hot as

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    looking like a man. then sure, shes hot.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    About 1 & 2 getting Bad Reviews. These are THROWBACKS

    by Wcwlkr

    As for reviews of this being bad, I'm not surprised because you couldn't honestly say that the first film was actually a good movie. It just was a true THROWBACK. I was born in 80 and once I got a little older and was able to see those movies in the 90s I loved them as a teen. If The Expendables had premiered back in the 80s everyone would remember it as an trueblood classic. So for that I enjoyed it knowing that the story would be subpar and the acting atrocious. But I forgave it because that's what 80s early 90s action movies were when you look back at them. Full blood carnage & mayhem classic one liners and tons of action!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Total Film review of EX2 is pretty much spot on.

    by cameron

    2 stars out of five. Basically crap with one or two witty moments, much like the 1st movie. Can't believe they're going to bother with a third. Eastwood......I guess they're just throwing out names for press attention, can't imagine Clint wanting any part of this.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:47 p.m. CST

    Which one plays Icarus, and which one plays Daedalus?

    by Roman Troy Moronie

    Just curious ... since the premise is lifted directly from that myth.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    ... and of course that was meant for The Tomb talkback... D'oh!

    by Roman Troy Moronie

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    I either just posted zero times or five times

    by bah

    Sorry if it's the latter.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    the irony is that fast camera cuts and MMA fighters

    by jack

    is not an 80s throwback. Expendables is not the 80s old school action movie that Sly had promised.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    mysterious_volvo

    by jack

    nobody asked you to fuck her.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Or it hates Grace Jones

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russel was asked again to play in E2 and he refused

    by jack

    the guy thinks he is an actor and doesnt want to bring himself down to the level of the other has-been b-movie action stars.and maybe he is right.

  • since you won't accept them as a post for some reason.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Grace Jones

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Linda Hamilton

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Bridget Fonda

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    re: "[And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison."

    by buggerbugger

    This would be so much funnier if it were for 'The Tomb'.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    rebeccay De Mornay

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Leah Thompson

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Stick to the bread & butter - the 80's action stars

    by atlatl

    Eastwood is a God but doesn't really fit the bill. Carl Weathers, Snipes, Biehn, fuck yea! get those guys! Hell get the Road Warrior Mel Gibson!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    I guess this means they all dont die at the end of EX2.

    by Logan_1973

    SPOILER ALERT!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    I think Cage will take just about anything.

    by Frat Boy

    I think he really is that deep in debt. If you're meeting his price tag, he's in.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    Two glaring absences

    by brassai2003

    Michael Pare (American Ninja, Streets of Fire) Christoph Lambert (Highlander, The Sicilian) :)

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Russell, Reynolds, Caine,Winstone and Gibson?

    by paul burnett

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    Jackie Chan wants to be in EX3.

    by cinemixtape.com

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jzm7MEoSu3M

  • Maybe Snipes but not the others. Russell, Seagal, Mr. T, Chan and Rothrock would all be great though. Would love to see them extend a hand to Rothrock. Great for marketing to get a badass female too ;) Going the female route could get Gina Carano too. Not a lot of films under her belt but definitely has the action chops to match up with current cast.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Oh! And Sigourney Weaver, for cripes sake.

    by bah

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Even Arnold won't be back for the third

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    He's using his extended cameo in the second as a testing ground for his return to movies, with his first full role being in The Last Stand early next year. If his career takes off again and he goes back to doing massive blockbusters (something which the rest of the guys, including Sly, no longer have the status to be able to do) he won't care about this mediocre franchise any longer. Bigger things await for Arnie.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    i know hes not as big but

    by mcgillj

    Micheal Dudikoff.. Rutger Hauer The late Steven James would have been nice, Bernie Casey whom i believe also pased on. Others? Sasha Mitchell, Christopher Lamert, Clancy Brown, Gary Busey (if they can film around the crazy) and Don Gibb.. maybe Mark Decascos?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Why do you guys report this stuff?

    by Bass Ackwards

    You guys always get caught in these bs rumor mill reports on sequels. Haven't we learned by now producers just make bullshit up about sequels when theyre doing pr for the film (casting rumors, planned trilogy, already have big spectacle in mind), it's just an easy way to get people excited for the movie, but it's almost always bullshit. Just feeding PR here, there isn't any actual news (Harrison Ford or Eastwood in a 3rd expendables is akin to Sony *talking* to David Fincher and Wes Anderson for the Spider-Man reboot).

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    Sho Kusugi

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is all that matters.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    cinemixtape cheers for the link

    by UGG

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:32 p.m. CST

    E2 got slated in Empire

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    Said they were all saying each others catch phrases abck to each other. Crewes says to Arnie 'terminated' and Arnie says 'yippeekiyay' to Bruce. Shocking. And Empires one line review? Verdict A huge, bulging disappointment. http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=137367 Fuck this re-hashed shite. This barely sounded good on paper. The original was fucking boring, of all things!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    REALISTIC CASTING

    by Darth Busey

    Nic Cage as the main villain would be incredible. I want Gary Busey as his insane henchman. Cage and Busey acting batshit insane in the same scene might cause the universe to implode. Also, Sly needs to make amends with Carl Weathers and let him play Terry Crews' dad or something in the next one. And if he won't do it, then Bill Duke. I understand that Sly is pissed with Carl after he asked for a bunch of money for his likeness to be used in "Rocky Balboa", but let bygones be bygones. Carl Weathers was in the best Sly movies, the best Arnold movie, and delivered in "Action Jackson". Throw him a bone. He belongs here. Whoever suggested a fist fight between Keith David and David Keith is fucking brilliant, too. I don't see how you can fit Jackie Chan into this, but dudes like Jesse The Body Ventura and Roddy Piper should get cameos, at least.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:43 p.m. CST

    I could see Snipes and Cage maybe

    by SlyWalker

    Ford and Eastwood would think they are above it. I personally can't wait and often disagree with film reviews from people who go ape shit over superhero movies. Get the corn cob out of your ass and go have fun at the theater! christ

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell, Dammit!

    by Stalkeye

    Before Rambo, before Terminator there was Snake Plissken!!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Hold it, Joe Kubert is Dead?!?

    by Stalkeye

    )0:

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Steven Segal has better things to do

    by Richard L. Rhodes

    World news today.. Seagall and Putin... http://www.businessweek.com/videos/2012-08-13/karate-kids-vladimir-putin-and-steven-seagall As much as I respect my childhood heroes..I dont want to remember them like this.... so no E2 for me....

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Michael Dudikoff

    by letsfightinglove

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:49 p.m. CST

    Jeff Speakman

    by letsfightinglove

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Thomas Ian Griffith

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Excessive Force is an underated gem. And he made karate kid III watchable

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Hell how bout Matthias Hues, Martin Kove as minor bad guys

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    And the same for Ralf Moeller

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Kubert is dead?

    by bah

    !%$#?

  • I'd say if they want them then Snipes and Cage are pretty much a lock. No way they'd get Eastwood or Ford...unless they owe someone a favour.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Sigourney Weaver as the villian is a must!!

    by parissun

    She ushered in the demise of the male action hero. To have her being the Big Bad behind everything in EX3 would be great. As far as bringing in male action stars, it has to be Snipes, Russell, Gibson and Seagall. They could also put an easter egg in by having Kurt Thomas aka Gymkata operate a hotdog stand. And quit complaning about the quality of these movies. They are pretty good crap. Just like Commando,l Hard To Kill, Universal Soldier, Lethal Weapon and all the other crap action movies. What kind of plot did Commando have? Just give me some Rae Dawn Chong and I'm okay.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    re: arnie

    by mcgillj

    Honestly.. he can test the waters ALL he wants. But NO ONE is going to see this just for Arnie. His career was winding down before his hiatus. Sad but still true. Same for Stallone and the rest of the crew. NONE of them alone are the big draws they once were.. why does Die Hard 5 keep sounding worse and worse with a director who doesn't seem to understand the appeal or the character of McClane? Arnie's solo days are over. He just is and won't be getting the level of scripts he once was.. unless he says %$#* it and teams up with Verhoeven who had 2 intriguing projects. But T5? No Cameron? And after the last 2 while it may be fun.. just feels like a very bad idea.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    God no...read online the studio heads want I Come In Peace reboot

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    With Armie Hammer/Shia LeBeouf.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Dustin Diamond in talks to play Jack Caines scientist friend...

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Corey Feldman as Boner

  • Am I the only one who enjoyed the banter in the first one rather than the action?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    That's high praise!

    by Barrymore

    Milla Jovovich and Jackie Chan!!!!!!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:02 p.m. CST

    Sucks like a cheap back alley whore?

    by 9000rpm

    Maybe a little light on lace and finery but damn if she won't get things pumping fast and efficiently. And your problem with that is?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Eastwood wouldn't do this.

    by Acquanetta

    I also doubt they'd be able to pay Harrison Ford enough. Snipes and Cage would be safe bets and I could also see Mel Gibson being game.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST

    The Rock...

    by TheWacoKid

    Vin Diesel, and Liam Neeson for #3. That is something I would watch.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Brian Fucking Bosworth

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    The original Stone Cold.

  • All three of you kicked serious ass in Nighthawks

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:15 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Lee Fucking Majors

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    Complete with bionic sound effect in every scene.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    The Expendables: The Next Generation

    by Chanoc

    I can already see this franchise down the road with Vin Diesel, Chris Hemsworth, Channing Tatum, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson and Jay Chou

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Billy Blanks!

    by jellypop

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Rothrock

    by John

    I completely forgot about her but I think that would be awsome. It sucks she never become more mainstream. She's also got a great body as she came close to showing it off in a Corey Haim film back in the Corey's heydays. I think she could handle a tv series if someone were to take a chance (let's face it, did anyone think Chuck Norris on tv would work?). She was also in the first Dukes of Hazzard tv reunion playing against type and came off good. I also agree about Arnold thinking his movie career is going to explode is asking a bit much. End of Days and that one with Vanessa Williams (sorry, forget the title) which were his last films before being governor were no blockbusters like he was used to. Unless it's Rocky or Rambo, Stallone's career is pretty much straight to dvd now. The last few attention-grabbing films he was in before he brought back Rocky and Rambo (Driven, Spy Kids 3) didn't hardly make mention he was in them (I caught Spy Kids 3 on tv the other day and found his comedic turn as the bad guy was actually good). I know Sly has said he'd never do tv (not sure how a cameo on Las Vegas could be a way to judge if he'd like it full time or not), but I'm not so sure it wouldn't suit him best at this point in his life if he still wanted to work.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST

    SAMUEL L MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON!

    by Chuck

    Seriously, why am I the first one saying this?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:25 p.m. CST

    re: rothrock and Stallone, Arnie, et al.

    by mcgillj

    you are right.. there wasn't a whole lot of mention of Stallone in the advertising as being in Spy Kids 3, although I too got a kick out of his role in the film (or should I say roles). And.. the 3 flicks before his retirement (for Arnie) were Eraser (mostly forgettable), Collatoral Damage (I got through the first 10 minutes maybe) and End of Days I would says Days is entirely forgettable aside from Gabriel Byrne's turn as the dark lord himself. But yeah.. Arnold was way way off base. His non action films were going down the toilet (does anyone else remember Junior?) and his action films weren't even derivative they were just AWFUL. Eraser SHOULD have been an awesome movie. I think the MOST thing people actually remember from the entire movie was the "rail gun" that for a short while became a staple of the FPS games. Not that I am pissing on his return to films. But if he's thinking its going to be T2 times all over again. He is seriously forgetting the last few films he released. IF he had retired in 1990 when he released T2. Then yes, I'd say his first film back would have been a HUGE smash.. or even after True Lies. But.. no, he waited those few extra years, and the movies got less and less interesting. There are a few things Arnie could do that people will go see. Terminator 5 (obviously, even though as I said.. without Cameron or Will Wisher.. I wish them well but its not going to help), get Cameron to man up to True Lies 2 (Tom Arnold is practically begging for it. And Jamie Lee Curtis could use another check, those yogurt ads aren't footing the bills). PLUS.. Eliza Dushku grew up kinda HOT.. Throw her in there.. I wouldn't complain. Of course as everyone else says.. and I agree. a darker and TRUE Conan sequel definitely wouldn't hurt the profile. Also.. I wouldn't mind if Cameron talked Arnie into a baddie role for the "Avatar sequels". The Lang character is dead.. we're going to need some bad dude to really hate for the next decade (if it does indeed pan out to be 3 new films). What Arnold has on his plate? At least The Tomb he has Stallone and it will draw in the fans of both to the cinemas although I expect it will still (sadly) draw far less than Expendables 2. Unless it is AMAZING which from the descriptions doesn't sound too likely.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:28 p.m. CST

    Rothrock/Don The Dragon Wilson etc.

    by Yer_Maw

    I just read something yesterday with Don Wilson saying he was putting to gether a Z-list version of tghe Expendables, with Rothrock and (I think) Dudikoff already onboard.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST

    Y' know who they need?

    by RobinP

    Cynthia Rothrock!!!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST

    ...or...

    by RobinP

    Grace Jones. Give us some MayDay!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Powers Boothe

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Please Kurt Russell

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST

    Lewis Collins!

    by peter skellen

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Miguel Ferrer, cos you know he made a mistake.

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Tom Selleck

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Michael Douglas

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Louis Gossett jr

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6 p.m. CST

    Danny Glover

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Robert Z'Dar the guy with the big jaw in tango and cash

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    Clint could just do a cameo a la Bruce Willis in EX1...

    by Bill C.

    ...because, yes, they damn sure couldn't afford him for anything else. As for a villain...I'm digging the Sigourney Weaver idea, but I'm amazed nobody's dug up one of the last of the old-school action villains: Billy Drago. You know he works cheap...

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Banks has had a good come back with Breaking Bad

    by Pigdog

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    No Sonny Landham?

    by Rob Taylor

    Clint is far to old to do anything meaningful in the series, bar being the President or the obvious father of Stallone or Statham. I also see the President role being Ford... he's done it before and it'd be a small but important part. The problem is the majority of these 80's guys are over 60, Clint is 82...Ford is 70... there are only so many "old guys" you can fit in a movie before it becomes a joke in itself. The only way I see Clint being interested was is he wanted to direct one last "big bang" pic before he goes, but I am pretty sure if he did it'd be a Western. I can see why guys like Kurt Russell don't want in, it's almost diminishing returns, each time they draw guys out the well it dilutes the impact. Why be in E3 when you can be in other movies and be the star? IF they are gonna go for a third, they should really focus on some younger guys, like the current military guys v the Expendables... Rock would be a good start, could easily see John Cena being in it but again I can't see Rocky joining a franchise so late on again. You could see Chris Hemsworth going in now Kristen has buggered up the Snow White franchise but I get the feeling Marvel will keep him busy. One thing I think would be pretty cool would be Keanu Reeves in it, maybe a jaded version of Johnny Utah? You can go on forever with who could be in it but eventually you have to accept that some guys are just past it and you can only get away with so much.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    Oh and for the guy who suggested Lewis Collins... I think not!

    by Rob Taylor

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/03/30/article-1371368-0B63C0C200000578-221_306x695.jpg

  • The man was the #1 box office draw in the world for years. He was far bigger than Stallone, Willis and Arnold in their prime and still remains a legendary name despite the fact he hasnt made in decent movie in 15 years...They have to find a way to get Reynolds involved along side his contempary Clint Eastwood...Remember when they made the cover of Time Magazine and were called the two biggest stars in the world? Show the Bandit some love!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Cannonball Run started out as fun also...

    by Bill Clay

    Then as the sequels went on, it looked more like stars getting together for an off-screen party, rather than a real movie.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Empires review says it sucks. So it sucks

    by steve

    Old action heroes quoting each others lines from back in the day? Fuck that sounds awful.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Michael Biehn + his Abyss/Tombstone moustache

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    and you're away.<P> Harrison is kooky enough to do it, I think. Remember him as the hippy bus driver Jethro in that snowboarding vid?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    that's weird, i'm watching Cannonball Run right now

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    Burt can't stop corpsing

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Val "Doc Holiday" Kilmer

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:06 p.m. CST

    Sean Connery

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Charles Bronson

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:07 p.m. CST

    Carl Weathers

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:08 p.m. CST

    Mr. T

    by crashbarbarian

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Arnold's return depends on one thing only...starring in good films

    by Turd_Is_Floating_Underneath_The_Gravy

    I've already posted in the past about how Arnold could easily have stayed at the top of his game post-True Lies if he'd have made the right choices of films to do....and in some cases he did, yet those films didn't pan out because of reasons outwith his control. Paul Verhoeven's Crusade collapsed due to Carolco going bust (sets had already begun construction in the Moroccan desert). Ridley Scott's I Am Legend folded due to the studio unwilling to fork out for the massively escalating budget at the very last minute before it went into production. Add in King Conan falling apart, or other travesties like 20th Fox being beaten to the punch by Kassar/ Vajna when trying to secure the rights to Terminator that were up for auction (this would have ensured a Cameron-helmed T3). Anyway, the point is that Arnie's decline was nothing to do with him falling out of favour with audiences per se, or as a result of being viewed as old-hat in light of the changes in the action genre that occurred post mid-90's. It was simply down to bad choices and a run of unfortunate factors. Hopefully, he has learned his lesson from this and picks his projects more wisely from now on (Expendables 2 is just a ten minute cameo so it doesn't count). I think he recognizes his decline in movies and the mistakes he made in his later film career, even though he would never publicly admit it. He needs to work with top directors, both old and new, and ensure that the concepts of his movies are actually exciting and not just run-of-the-mill B-grade action stuff like Collateral Damage. He is sitting on a GREAT script with With Wings as Eagles, for example. If he does right he could very well find himself back on top. You cannot rule Arnold out; he always succeeds at whatever he puts his mind to.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:21 p.m. CST

    BOLO!

    by MrHooper

    I feel like you people must know something I don't. Why aren't you all screaming for Bolo? I don't care how old that dude is, there's no way he's not still badass.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnon

    by DARTH VOODOO

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Vin Diesel, Mel Gibson, Eddie Murphy

    by DARTH VOODOO

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds

    by DARTH VOODOO

    Dirty Harry, The Sundance Kid and The Bandit

  • Snipes, Russell, Seagal, Cage and maybe Mel are the only others that make sense. As much as I love the D- listers. (Billy Blanks LMAO) They don't fit with what Stallone is doing. Now a mockbuster version with every wannabe and has been C - Z list action star would be awesome. Cuba Gooding Jr., Hulk Hogan, The Boz, Howie Long, Andrew Stevens, Lou Diamond and all others mentioned above. When the first Expendables came out, my best friend and I made up an alternate history where Arnold never became governator, got fat and started making terrible career choices. To get his career on track he produced the most epic action film ever The Expandables (because everyone was now old and fat). I think we listed every fucking actor that used a gun or karate chop. The text thread lasted over a few months

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    by adeceasedfan

    and everybody died but Arnold. He is our action God. I wish I had a transcript of it.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Oliver Gruner,look him up bitches...

    by frank

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    villains: udo keir and berkhoff.. bitches

    by mcgillj

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    re: turd

    by mcgillj

    I can only saw i hope you are right.. Crusade and Wings I think both would have been good for him. But... he did pick some dogs. I can only hope he has more patience to make some quality flicks.. knock on wood.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 8:03 p.m. CST

    How about...

    by Maegnarval

    Lee Majors for a part in Expendables 3?!?!

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 8:04 p.m. CST

    John32--Cynthia Rothrocks goodies

    by Hipshot

    Were clearly on display in, I think, Sworn to Justice, unless there's another movie she did with director Paul Maslak, a friend of mine. she does a pretty hot love scene, buck nekked.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Chow Yun Fat in Expendables 3, directed by JOHN WOO

    by GibsonUSA Returns

    You can't have a summary movie of 80s action without a shout-out at some point to Chow/Woo. <BR><BR> Also, I agree with the people who say Expendables needs a James Bond. Timothy Dalton....Peirce Brosnan....one of them.

  • Instead of opening Planet Hollywoods they could have been doing this and people would have eaten it up instead of just feeling sad.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    If there's a Expendables 3 then it NEEDS....

    by scriptgirl_nipples

    Sharon Stone as some sexy undercover bad ass assassin.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:14 p.m. CST

    Whao! Nick Cage?

    by Darth_Nader

    How did you ever get him?

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Eastwood should have played an older Bruce Wayne.....FACT

    by Punisherthunder

  • he could of helped patch the script, AND made a cool cameo character, and way more Fords would be signing up.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    No love for Jesse Ventura?

    by Gary Makin

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Kurt Fucking Thomas

    by Inexplicable_Nuclear_Balls

    C'mon, admit it. You know you loved Gymkata.

  • The guy is just...aweful.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Where are Linda Hamilton and Jackie Chan?

    by wcolbert

    Yeah, Jackie has always liked to do action that was more fun and less blood and guts...but then again, Terry Crews wasn't exactly a hardass action star to start with - I still cant take him seriously after his roles in White Girls, Benchwarmers, Longest Yard, etc. Then again Jackie also doesnt like to do films that are too violent, doesnt like to shoot people in his movies...I'm not sure what he'd do then. Linda Hamilton with Arnold Schwarzenegger in the same movie again though...holy crap my hair would be standing on end at that sight. Damn it, now I want to watch T2 again.

  • Jackie sure as hell killed some guys in cold blood in that movie. SO maybe he would do it.

  • Aug. 13, 2012, 11:51 p.m. CST

    GFDI....SHINJUKU INCIDENT

    by wcolbert

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Idea for Expendables 3

    by R.J. MacReady

    Bolo Yueng, Al Leong, Ernie Reyes Jr Bill Paxton, Michael Biehn, Michael Wincott, Sven-Ole Thorsen, and Randall 'Tex' Cobb are all members of The Dependables. Both the Expendables and the Dependables are dropped on an island and forced to fight while hidden remote cameras broadcast everything. It's team against team to the death. And behind it all you have Alan Rickman as the mastermind, Tom Noonan as a psychopath, and Paul Reiser as the tv network sleezeball. Original right?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:43 a.m. CST

    If Cage is in Expendables 3 I am not gonna see it

    by Bop N Rumble

    I don't understand why Cage is popular. The guy sucks all the energy out of a movie. I don't understand how the guy still gets a job. <br><br>Bolo, Dudikoff, Kosugi, Julius J Carry III, Diana Rigg, Kove, Chan and Edward John Stazak should be in it.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:46 a.m. CST

    And of course Michelle Yeoh

    by Bop N Rumble

    She needs to be in there as well. Maybe team her up with Rothrock to be the bad guys.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:29 a.m. CST

    Vernon Wells, Paul Hogan, Mr T, Michael Ironside.

    by hallmitchell

    Is that Bada$$ enough for you?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Gmakin

    by hallmitchell

    I want Jesse Ventura!

  • ...but fuck Steven Segal. He should of been in the first one, if at all. He did his Expendables thing in Machete. Hopefully, Jean Claude is at least as good or better as the villain in E2. But seriously THEY NEED TO START KILLING OFF SOME OF THESE GUYS! Not just one. The rotating roster is the real appeal in all this, and there's no room for anyone else. And let EVERYONE'S gray show, please.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:02 a.m. CST

    Oops, I said 'but fuck'...

    by ThulsaBoom

    ...not Freudian. Please believe me.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 4:24 a.m. CST

    Will Nick Cage lead a team called "The Reprehensibles"?

    by wcolbert

    because that's the only way his being in the movie would make any sense. His acting routine for every movie consists of staring forward with a slack jaw, a combover, puffy, beady eyes, and a moronic expression on his face. That's Nick Cage acting 101. Oh, and when you talk, sound like you just smoked about 10 pounds of weed and are totally confused and out of it, and borderline retarded. I mean...I hate to be a hater but...shit...I honestly can't think of a movie where his presence has actually AIDED the quality of the film in any capacity. Every one of his roles could have been played more effectively by one of his stand-ins or an extra.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Carl Weathers, Kurt Russell, Bill Duke, Sho Kosugi, Dudikoff, Speakman,

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

    Ernie Reyes Jr.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:13 a.m. CST

    Yes to every retarded action star mentioned above.

    by Xenodistortion

    Expendables 3 will have no plot or dialog. Just a thousand ex action star guys jumping around doing karate and shooting giant guns while 'spolsions happen in the background.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Everybody cast your own Expendables team! Mine would be:

    by Xenodistortion

    Keith "Keith David" David, American Ninja, Mexican Guy who helped out the A-Team on random episodes, Airwolf (you get 1 vehicle) & the remaining cast members from Best Of The Best (Pt.1.) Their leader? CGI Captain Lou Albano in flashback sequences.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:40 a.m. CST

    My sequel for my Expendables movie:

    by Xenodistortion

    After the last team dies gang-raping Cthulhu on the moon in a scene that can only be described as "riveting", a new team is put into play. This time, the expendables would be played by: Rutger Hauer's stunt double, Casper Van Dien, Bob Hoskins, at least 3 black cast members from The Wire, Voltron, Bret "The Hitman" Hart & the cat from Alien/Aliens. This time the leader would be played by an abnormally large grocery bag full of fried chicken that will somehow how be a crucial factor in the final action sequence and totally make sense in the end.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 5:59 a.m. CST

    thulsabloom

    by Hipshot

    Steve James is dead. "No" to Michael Jai White and the Rock--both still have the chance for a positive career trajectory. Probably not Mike, though--too macho. But I still have hope for the Rock. Vin Diesel is still making movies that pull in over 100 million. No way Stallone would get him.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Kurtwood Smith & Alan Rickman!!!

    by Wes_Reviews_

    I like the idea of a bad mercenary team to fight the Expendables, made up of famous action movie villains.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Saw EX2 last night in Austin

    by End_Of_Line

    I loved it. Yes, pure 80's cheese. Yes, some crappy dialogue, and the plot is oddly a mix of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and well... any other film starring any of these guys. But pure fun action. Lots of things go boom, and it pays on what the first film promised. JCVD is a great bad guy, and Chuck Norris steals the movie. My expectations were pretty low after the first one, but this is in fact a much better movie.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Gymkata!

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...oh, and this list is useless without Christoper (Highlander) Lambert.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:15 a.m. CST

    As for good guys...

    by Wes_Reviews_

    Throw Rutger Hauer, Tom Berenger, and Sho Kosugi in there.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Is Rudy from the Monster Squad available?

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Somewhere in California...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...Casper Van Dien's phone is finally ringing.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Where is Kurt Russell?

    by Hando316

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Dang missed it. Didn't know he turned it down.

    by Hando316

  • the Evil Triad for part3 and have them obliterate the Expendables.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 9:49 a.m. CST

    faded movie stars versus faded tv stars...

    by StatelyWayneManor

    ...Lee Majors, Gil Gerard, Sam Jones, Adam West

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Great fucking movie.

    by Volllllume3

    Insane bodycount. An actual R RATED ACTION MOVIE. Fuck you nolan cocksucking wannabes.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Expendables not as good as an 80s actioner?

    by snappy

    Are you smoking crack? Most 80s action films were guilty pleasures when they came out - dumb, violent, macho movies with poor stories and worse acting. And WE LOVED THEM. The Expendables franchise isn't trying to be ironic or to reinvent the genre, it's just about 2 hours of stupid mayhem escapism.

  • Make it so. Robocop as himself Expendables is MY avengers

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Expendables is better than the avengers.

    by SirGaryColeman

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    How about Jim Kelly and John Saxon

    by Redc40

    They're both like 90 years old but I saw a picture of Kelly from a few years back and he looked pretty fit. John Saxon OTOH is rocking the Methusaleh look. But still it would be cool.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Here you go

    by Sean Seymour

    Expendables 3: They go up against an equally badass team of mercenaries that is played by the main cast of Tombstone. Russell, Kilmer, Biehn, Paxton, Henriksen, Boothe, Sam Elliot, Stephen Lang, Thomas Haden Church, Then you've got an Aliens semi-reunion, Tombstone reunion and, most importantly, a Tango & Cash reunion all wrapped up in one movie.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Aging Bonds versus Expendables

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Is George Lazenby still alive? Pierce Brosnan? Timothy Dalton?

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Gotta throw in Clancy Brown too

    by KillaKane

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Tom Berenger would be a good fit.

    by BleachedEye

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 2:59 p.m. CST

    If Jesse Ventura is in this...

    by NativeGaijin

    ... they have to work in a scene where they're in a jungle and he somehow gets stuck with the most ridiculously small gun in the group. Also, Mark Dacascos. He makes an awesome bad guy in Hawaii Five-0.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    The Guy from Beastmaster

    by John Tague

    Get the guy from Beastmaster and make him play Beastmaster in the film with his animal friends. That would be amazing.

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    LOU FERRINGO!!!!!!!

    by Gustavo Mendez

    Lou still a big guy and a def badass!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    KURT RUSSELL!!!!!

    by Gustavo Mendez

    KURT RUSSELL AND LOU FERRINGO AS LEADERS OF AN OPPOSING MECERNARY TEAM - WITH JACKIE CHAN, WESLEY SNIPES, AND STEVEN SEAGEL.. AGAINST THE EXPANDEABLES... COME SLY CALL ME IF YOU NEED ANYMORE IDEAS.. I GOT PLENTY..LOL

  • there's your next cast, bitches!!!

  • Aug. 14, 2012, 10:19 p.m. CST

    I don't see Russell as a action/macho type of guy

    by chien_sale

    He did Escape from NY and Big Trouble...and was in a duet with Stallone in Tango and Cash but in most movies he's more like the average guy that has to play hero. Plus his movies have been pretty diverse.

  • Have you ever seen the videos where he's like, all zenned out, dropping MMA fighters like they're little girls? Dude really does know his shit.

  • I mean, he was doing the tough guy thing before some of those guys were born, so why not? From what I've gathered from interviews he doesn't take himself nearly as seriously as people think he does. I think he might do it.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:02 a.m. CST

    I'm watching EX2 for Arnie

    by David Cloverfield

    I missed him.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Gina Carrano for Ex3.

    by David Cloverfield

    Hell, maybe make a rival "sister squad" led by Sigourney, with Carrano, Rothrock, Lucy Liu...

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST

    Empire magazine is a piece of shit

    by pearlanddean

    I would ignore their reviews, they gave 'Taken' a 1 star rating. So they can do one as far as I'm concerned, I'm still seeing EX2.

  • Aug. 15, 2012, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Perfect end to this unbelievably stupid franchise:

    by NeonFrisbee

    Have all the stars stand in a circle facing each other, brandishing giant overcompensate-y machine guns they think are loaded with blanks and grenades they think are duds. Director yells action, they start shooting, throwing grenades, killing each other and the entire film crew almost instantaneously. Crowd goes wild. THE END