Steven Seagal is probably the biggest holdout on fans’ wish-list of aging badass action stars to be featured in The Expendables franchise. The first two installments had Seagal’s name associated with them (if only by fan nomination) – but in each case, the hope was never rewarded. It comes no surprise then that The Expendables 3 casting process has once again entertained rumors of Seagal joining up; it’s even less surprising that that same rumor was once again debunked earlier this year by franchise architect Sylvester Stallone.

What IS surprising, however, is new word that strongly indicates that Seagal could pull a complete 180° turn and sign up for a go of it (pun intended) with the rest of the Expendables crew.

It is Sly himself rekindling this particular casting news fire, with this not-so-cryptic tweet:

Unless Steven Spielberg is going to be brandishing big-ass guns that make his fellow man explode like water balloons, the “Steven S.” Sly refers to is almost certainly Seagal. We’ll let you marinate on all the many, many – MANY – jokes one could concoct about Seagal holding out for a part “that fits” – but keeping things classy, we’ll just say that seeing him join the crew would be a lark for fans of the franchise.

Best known for his early-90s action films like Hark to KillMarked for Death and Under Seige, in recent years Seagal has become something of a strange, borderline self-parodying figure, starring in questionable TV fare like True Justice and the reality series Steven Seagal: Lawman – in which the actor actually goes out on patrol as a full-commissioned Louisiana Sheriff’s Deputy. In other words: it’s a ripe(?) time in his career for an Expendables appearance. And, given his appearance in the 2010 grindhouse spinoff Machete, one truly wonders why Seagal has been so hesitant about throwing his lot in with Sly and the gang…

Expendables has a new director in the form of Patrick Hughes (Red Hill), but it will bring back the cast of badasses seen in the first two films (including a return by Mickey Rourke). Other new additions are rumored to include Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes, and the wish-list still includes a slot for Nic Cage – but no word yet on if Sly has snagged him officially.

Are you hoping Steven Seagal signs on the dotted line – or is he past his prime?

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The Expendables 3 will likely be in theaters some time in 2014.

Source: Twitter