‘Expendables 3′: Stallone On Mel Gibson Directing; Wesley Snipes and Joe Taslim Cast?

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Sylvester Stallone breathed fresh life into the conversation for The Expendables 3 last week, when he asked his Twitter followers how they would feel about Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker Mel Gibson sitting in the director’s chair. The response was pretty overwhelmingly positive (among our readers, anyway), and so Sly has responded to the feedback.

Meanwhile, now that Wesley Snipes has been released from prison, he’s officially on the roster of possible newcomers to the Expendables franchise for round three – which includes seasoned martial arts sensation Jackie Chan – with another potential addition, in the form of up-and-coming athlete-turned model/actor Joe Taslim (The Raid: Redemption).

Here’s what Stallone said, about how (un)likely Gibson is to direct Expendables 3:

Gibson could, in my humble opinion, kick this nostalgia-fueled franchise up a notch and deliver the off the charts blast of testosterone-fueled madness that both of the previous Expendables movies have aspired to be, yet ultimately fallen short, while still offering fun entertainment for fans of action throwback fare.

The question, of course, is whether he could be tempted to take the job, especially since Gibson is still working on his new passion project: the Viking tale Berserker, which he is developing with screenwriter Randall Wallace (BraveheartWe Were Soldiers). An Expendables movie might not be something that Gibson would be as personally invested towards, but if he came aboard and turned the project into a hit, it could help in convincing studios that Gibson’s name isn’t box office poison – and assist in getting him the funding to make Berserker the way he wants.

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Mel Gibson in ‘Get the Gringo’

Speaking of a guy whose personal woes have left his career needing a boost: Snipes has been included in the Expendables 3 casting conversation for a while now, and Stallone recently posted a Tweet that seemingly confirmed him as onboard, before it was subsequently deleted (via TwitchFilm and Moviehole).

Passing over what that means – maybe Snipes isn’t a done deal yet or studio heads are saving it for an official announcement – the addition of the Blade trilogy star is as much a no-brainer as the decision to recruit people like Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme for Expendables 2. There’s a reasonable chance that Sly might call it quits after the third movie (if only due to age restrictions), but people like Snipes and interested parties such as Dwayne Johnson would be able to help and carry the torch onward for a fourth installment and beyond.

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Joe Taslim in ‘The Raid: Redemption’

Taslim, in particular, is a young’un who could help the Expendables property evolve and transition into something new after Expendables 3 is released. Besides having training in Wushu, Judo, Taekwondo and Pencak Silat, Taslim’s work in The Raid: Redemption secured him a supporting role in this summer’s Fast & Furious 6 – in addition to the third Expendables movie, if a report from Cinema Teaser is to be believed.


The Expendables 3 looks to begin filming this Fall for a Summer 2014 release, so expect an update on all this rumor-mongering in the foreseeable future.

Source: Sylvester Stallone [via TwitchFilmMoviehole and Cinema Teaser]

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  1. i think the next villian should be liam neeson

  2. There’s a reasonable chance that Sly might call it quits after the third movie (if only due to age restrictions)? Enough with the age discrimination! That has got to be one of the most ignorant comments I’ve read in some time, what are you 19 or 20?

  3. Mel Gibson The MAGNIFICENT,Please do Ben Hur and Spartacus the remake.
    God bless you..

  4. why not kevin costner? he’s an action star like the rest of them and besides he did good action films over the years and untouchables was one of them. plus, he’s good friends with bruce willis and don johnson and stallone. he was eliot ness in the untouchables and harrison ford, mel gibson and mickey rourke were considered to play eliot ness before costner got the role. so you do the math.

    • Costner was never at the level of Gibson and Ford.

  5. For all the talent that has been garnered and gathered to propel Expendables 1,2 now 3 and upward its only honest and the will with skill aand brawn thats fuelling them. My word none of the nu gen talents can or will go that far that Captain Sly has got all the old timers to favor with audiences who loved and still love watching them. They sure give a run to the newer crop unlimited in their own area of expertise with todays innovations and technolofy, Wy nOT???Sly and team are just rejuvenated to go on for a while and am game for them …KUDOS TO THE WILL.SKILL AND ABILITIES OF ALL THE EXPENDABLES TEAM EARLIER.NOW AND FURTHER… YOU HAVE ALL ENTERTAINED AND WILL DO SO…Rickey

  6. Yeah Liam , Kevin and the other guys too shud be in , hopefully SLY will find a role suitable for them to like bruce and arnie…

  7. Love joe taslim. deserve to be the next sexiest man alive nominated. cool, handsome, manly.. and most of all; good fighter on the real live (judo champion, SEAGAMES gold medal winner ), not only on film. welcome to holywood, joe ^^

    • I totally agree with the opinion of Suzanne, Joe Taslim must log in Expendables 3, if it does not go in Expendables 3, all the Indo and Asia in general are not going to watch the Expendables 3. Point!.
      Greetings from the half-brother of “Jah” is yet to be unveiled.

  8. I bet Snipes, after his 3 yr stint, is in his best as*-kicking shape, ever! I can’t wait to see him in something good and exciting.

  9. I have lost all respect for stallone since he hired that anti-semite gibson