‘Expendables 3′ Begins Filming; Official Synopsis Revealed

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Expendables 3 producer Boaz Davidson revealed the film’s official roster of cast members last week, with the new additions including Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson as the big baddie who squares off against Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and their rowdy pack of craggy-faced, gun-toting “boys.” Sorry to say, the lineup announcement seemed to prompt as much disappointment as it did excitement among fans, coming after multiple reports that pointed to people such as Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich joining the fun too – not to mention, we had expected both Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis to return (neither actor is coming back, it seems).

Life goes on, as they say, and now the third Expendables installment has begun principal photography in Bulgaria, with Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) calling the shots. Lionsgate and Millennium Films have released the customary press release to mark the occasion, which means we now have both the finalized cast rundown and an official synopsis for Sly and company’s latest tongue-in-cheek R-Rated action throwback.

Here is the official plot summary:

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

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‘Expendables 3′ cast members Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz and Kellan Lutz

“New blood,” in this case, refers to Kellan Lutz (Immortals), MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and lesser-known Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises). The spotlight will remain focused on Sly and his main team members – which again includes Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren and Jet Li – as well as their old-timer acquaintances (see: Arnold Schwarzenegger). Nonetheless, it sounds as though the younger cast additions will be given a better chance to shine that Liam Hemsworth got when he served as the Red Shirt “new blood” featured in Expendables 2.

Speaking of which: the inclusion of Snipes and Gibson is welcome; indeed, Gibson as the Expendables co-founder back-from-the-dead sounds like a recipe for good hammy fun (it’s also somewhat appropriate meta-casting). That said, it would also be nice if the writing – not just the casting – for Expendables 3 ends up marking an improvement over the previous films. Mind you, that doesn’t mean we’re expecting some thematically-rich story, but the best pure action throwbacks made in recent memory – such as director Walter Hill’s Bullet to the Head (headlined by Sly) - are self-aware, yet not so much as to detract from the straight-faced lunk-headed entertainment value offered by the action B-movie format (which is a problem in the first two Expendables movies).

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Stallone co-wrote the Expendables 3 script with Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger, who re-captured and updated the bliss of patriotic machismo fare from the ’90s earlier this year with their script for Olympus Has Fallen (a.k.a. the “Die Hard in the White House” thriller which is headlined by Gerard Butler, as opposed to the Channing Tatum version) – so, that’s encouraging to know.

Similarly, Hughes has shown real promise with his earlier feature-length work – as well as with short films like “Signs” (watch it HERE) – so that bodes well, with regard to the prospect that Expendables 3 will deliver the goods. That is, beyond the simple nostalgic joy of getting to watch so many action icons share the screen and blow up people/buildings to smithereens together.

Do you approve of the final cast and behind-the-scenes talent assembled for The Expendables 3?


The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on August 15th, 2014.

Source: Lionsgate

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  1. I liked the first film and the second film had some improvements but the increased hamminess and tongue in cheek tone took me out of it.

    The premise sounds good and can lend to a better story than the first two and maybe a tone more suitable to a worthy action throwback.

    Jet Li better have more screen time.
    It would be cool if Gibson’s character has made his own new Expendables team to challenge our boys.
    I would have loved it, so everyone had a evil counterpart to go up against.

    While I was underwhelmed with he precious films especially number 2, I cant help but be excited

    • *the previous film

      • Agreed on that the first film. Enjoyed it. The second film not so much because they went cheesy.

  2. this series is a waste.

    • According to what?

      The profits that the films are making or the fact that it is continuously making more sequels with more stars wanting to come aboard to help make more $$$ for a dead film industry.

      They used to make movies like this back in the 70′s as well you know.

      Force 10 from Navarone, Kelly’s Heroes and so many more.

      Lighten up and have fun…

    • Thats exactly how i look at it.

      To me its like watching an old championship on ESPN classic that i never knew the score or outcome to, but i remember all the players.

  3. i hope the script is better than the first two
    they ruined these movies with the crappy writing

    • This franchise isn’t meant to be serious, specially being co-written by Stallone himself. This is the type of franchise that is FUN to watch because of the characters and the action. I didn’t expect these movies to blow my freaking mind. The first one was crap but the second one stepped it up. The opening scene for the sequel is actually fun to watch and I just lost it when Chuck Norris appeared. The highlight of the movie was definitely the Stallone/Van Damme showdown and it payed off even though it was short(because of their age).

  4. I love it when people criticize a franchise like The Expendables…actually its freaking hilarious. You think sly set out to make an Oscar worthy deep thought franchise??? Hes making fun throwback to the 80s and 90s action movies that we all loved growing up!! loosen up wannabe eberts!! Keep making them balboa and ill keep going!!!


    • @ mike

      Amen bro! Maybe others be satisfied with reboots of Termintor, Rambo, Die Hard, & the Rocky franchises as everything else being rebooted these days.

    • I understand that the movie is purposefully over the top… with that being said, I just don’t like them. The cheese factor is a bit too high, and the parts that are supposed to be funny make me smirk, at best. The story is pretty bad too, I have no investment in any of the characters. Any of the main stars could die at anytime and I would just say, “Oh well.”

      But that is my opinion

      • Well you can always watch broken back mountain,
        I’ll stick with the GUY films

  5. I love these movies. I wish there were more of them to combat the 90% of crap we usually get in cinemas these days.

    I seriously watched Commando again over the weekend and found it more engaging and entertaining on my 200th viewing than all of this past few years worth of movies in their first viewing (exceptions being TDKR, Pacific Rim and Dredd, seen them multiple times and they never get old).

  6. the ‘new generation’ should be the actual ‘next generation’ of action stars that followed the guys from the 80′s – mat damon, colin farell etc, not a bunch of random nobodies that have hard abs…

    also, i thought gibson was out…

    • No, Gibson signed on. Bruce Willis is out and somebody replaced him. I forget who.

      • Harrison Ford replaced Bruce Willis

      • Harrison Ford

    • yeah, i agree. whats the deal with hiring boxers and MMA fighters?

    • Mel Gibson is in as the main villain, its Bruce Willis that is out and has been replaced by Harrison Ford who will play a different character.

  7. I Hope Carl Weather and Kurt Russel make it into the fourth film. I am excited that Mel Gibson is in it tho.


  9. I didn’t really like the first one. I liked the second oneeee mostly due to JCVD. I really looking forward to the third one because I think that Ford, Banderas, Snipes and Gibson are all talented a t

  10. I didn’t really like the first one. I liked the second oneeee mostly due to JCVD. I really looking forward to the third one because I think that Ford, Banderas, Snipes and Gibson are all talented actors.

  11. Stoked to see Mel Gibson playing the villain! However, too bad Mickey Rourke will not be in it.

  12. i loved both expendables movies but mel gibson as a villain cant wait to laugh for that

  13. Mickey rourke should be in this. i don’t know why he’s not in this one again. he wasn’t in the second one. He was in the first. He should be like the rest of the Expendables. Please get him in this film.

  14. Harrison Ford is a smart man for signing on. This is going to be his pregame warm up.

    • OMG yes!

      Ender’s Game, Expendables 3 and then…

      Han Solo returns baby!

  15. disappointed to hear that Jacky Chan will part of this 3rd installment of this movie.

  16. Hope mel gibson has screen time with Harrison Ford as well as Stallone Schwarzenegger and the rest of the cast.

  17. With out Jackie Chan its incomplete:- (

    • haveing Chan NOT in it is a blessing for me, i personally dont wanna see any type of kung fu comedy in this film

  18. Ah, I see. So they’re going beyond the whole “old dudes return” gimmick? This could make for a great action movie.

    But neither script was that good, so I doubt.

  19. Ford will stole every scenes he’s in. I hope he’s the president or something like that.

    • He might even “steal” every scene too :P He has already played the President.

  20. “Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise”

    There is one thing, ONE thing that they shouldn’t have done with the franchise and they are f*****g doing it! Unbelievable! The Expendables was supposed to be a counter-programm to all the “younger, faster blablabla” movies out there. It was supposed to be old school guys doing old school stuff. But now they turn it into every other damn franchise out there…

    The (hamfisted) young/old clash was the worst element of Live Free Die Hard and now we’re getting more of that crap. Can’t wait… :(

  21. No Steven Seagal, Hulk Hogan and Michael Dudikoff?
    I am disappointed.

    • LOL@Hulk Hogan

  22. get Kurt Russell, Andy Garcia, Michael Madsen, Ray liotta, Robert De Niro, al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton, Don Johnson, Alec Baldwin, Jeff bridges, tommy Lee Jones, William devane, Kris Kristofferson, Liam Neeson, Robert Patrick, etc. get Van Damme as the twin brother of Vilian and make him either hero or villain as well.

    • @Anymovieman?

      You do know how movie budget works? A movie with 5 ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS?

    • I really like the Kurt Russell idea. Don Johnson too! And I doubt either of them would be all that expensive to get.

  23. Well you need good actors to do great movies. Like I always say “if you put 2 good actors whether they won oscars or not, in a movie whether it is action, comedy or drama, you get a great movie.” So basically putting Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas, the chances are the movie will be great. Hope Wesley Snipes is the good guy. Cause he was close to playing Hale Caesar in the first one. Sly managed to do that for Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Rourke before.

  24. Why Kellan lutz? He is associated with Twilight. He is not made for the action hero genre in Expendables 3. Why don’t they get Kurt Russell, Mickey Rourke, Michael Madsen, Dwayne Johnson, or vin diesel than that sissy from Twilight. It is an action flick that is a homage to 80s and 90s action films that need good action stars not a teen flick of today which most action fans want to see. They don’t want to see an actor from Twilight doing this type of film. I disagree with Sly’s casting of this guy instead of Mickey Rourke.

  25. I think it’s great that Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes are going to be in this film with Stallone. They haven’t worked with him since the 90s when they did Assassins and Demolition Man. The closest those two came to a movie together was Play it to the bone with Woody Harrelson which was directed by the same guy who did White Men Can’t jump. They didn’t share scenes together. I hope they do in this film same with Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.