Female ‘Expendables’ Confirmed; Big-Name Actresses in Talks

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We’re at a turning point in the cultural zeitgeist, concerning the representation of women. Male-dependent damsels like Bella Swan are increasingly frowned upon, in an age where princesses prefer swordplay to swooning over prince charmings. Televised hits Mad Men and Game of Thrones explore patriarchal societies in historical and fantasy context, while Homeland examines feminist ideals in the new century. This is a banner year for blockbusters featuring modern action heroines, thanks to Haywire, The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Brave.

Thus, there is no time like the present for an Expendables-riff that unites all the armed-and-dangerous babes who’ve graced the silver screen. Director Simon West (Expendables 2) has revealed a desire to incorporate an “Expenda-Belles” team in a future installment, name-dropping such gals as Angelina Jolie (Tomb Raider) and Helen Mirren (RED) as possibilities. However, reports are in that Hollywood has begun the process of assembling a girls-exclusive riff on Expendables that takes place in a separate universe (but maintains the badassery factor).

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Sylvester Stallone and Yu Nan in 'The Expendables 2'

Sylvester Stallone’s Expendables celebrates the past exploits of its masculine cast by teaming over-the-hill superstars (Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger) with beefcakes in their prime like Terry Crews and Randy Couture. Expendables 2 (read our review) opens the floodgates wider to include a female screen hero (Yu Nan) and youthful face (Liam Hemsworth) for a second round of ultra-violence and self-camp nods to Americana die-hard cinema. Two years ago, we here at Screen Rant assembled our own dream cast for a feminine-flavored Expendables that brought together definitive badass ladies (Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton) with icons of the past 15 years, in Milla Jovovich and Michelle Rodriguez.

Executive producer Adi Shankar is developing an all-woman take on Expendables. Variety says that Shankar will back through his 1984 Private Defense Contractors banner, with newcomer Dutch Southern scripting. Shankar stumbled with the biopic Machine Gun Preacher, but went on to find success with gory machismo flick The Grey and the viral hit Punisher: Dirty Laundry short. He also has violent films both visceral (Dredd) and artistically-satisfying (Killing Them Softly) in the can. Suffice it to say, he brings with him the practical experience and knowledge to ensure an effeminate Expendables is also an impressive one.

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Will Lena Headey join the 'female Expendables'?

Early negotiations are ongoing with “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre” to sign on for Shankar’s (untitled) female Expendables. Celebrities ranging from 1980s and ’90s relics Cynthia Rothrock (Undefeatable) and Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja) to actresses Jennifer Garner (Alias) and Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) fit that bill, along with the younger Summer Glau (Firefly) and her Sarah Connor Chronicles costar Lena Headey. Potentials range from Zoe Saldana (Colombiana) to Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – and far too many others to list here.

Stallone engineered a simple, but satisfactory, excuse for craggly hooligans of the big screen to work under the same roof in Expendables: they are all mercenaries, unified across different nationalities by the desire to reduce cartoonish baddies to mincemeat (and get paid while doing it). The female equivalent could follow suit, without straining credibility more than Sly’s machismo franchise does. Of course, suspension of disbelief will be of little concern to men and women who just want to see some fine gals kick ass (and chew bubblegum, perhaps).

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Yu Nan as the first (official) female 'Expendable'

Who would you like to see recruited for a female-centric Expendables? Moreover, who would you like to see play the villain in an all-women Expendables? Sound off in the comments section, and who knows – maybe some of the bigwigs around Tinseltown take notice of demand from fans (hey, we can dream, right?).

The Expendables 2 is playing in theaters around the U.S.


Source: Variety, E!Online

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  1. Milla Jovovich (silvester stallone role/leader)
    Yu Nan (original lady expendable)
    Michelle Rodriguez (terry crews role/weapons expert)
    Zhang Zi Yi (jet li role/martial artist)
    Lucy Lawless (bruce willis role/handler)
    Sigourney Weaver (arnold scharwzenneger role/rival)
    Kate Beckinsale (chuck norris role/lone wolf)
    Lynda Carter (mickey rourke role/adviser)

    Lena Headey (antagonist)

    Angelina Jolie (antagonist, if ever there would be a sequel)

    • Linda Hamilton would have to the lead if not Sigourney Weaver. Only realized just now that there was not a Hispanic in the first Expendables. I would like Pam Greir as an adviser

  2. i haveto see Scarlet Johansen to be excited about this

  3. So I have an extensive list(lol) with different categories so you guys/ladies ready?
    So ill start with who I think should be the main female action characters:
    1) Milla Jovovich- Resident Evil Movies 02, 04, 07, 10, 12
    The Fifth Element 1997
    Ultraviolet 2006
    The Three Musketeers 2011
    2) Angelina Jolie- Salt 2010
    Mr. & Mrs. Smith 2005
    Wanted 2008
    Tomb Raider 01/03
    3) Zoe Saldana- Avatar 2009
    Columbiana 2011
    Star Trek Movies 09/13
    Losers 2010
    4) Michelle Rodriquez- Fast & Furious Movies 01/09/13
    SWAT 2003
    Resident Evil Movies 02/12
    Avatar 2009
    5) Lucy Liu- The Man with the Iron Fist 2012
    Charlie’s Angels Movies 00/03
    Ballistic 2002
    Kill Bill 2003
    6) Halle Berry- X-Men Movies 00/03/06/14
    Catwomen 2004
    Die Another Day 2002
    Swordfish 2004

  4. Secondary List:
    1) Uma Thurman- Pulp Fiction 1994
    Kill Bill Movies 03/04
    Batman and Robin 1997
    2) Gina Carano- Haywire 2011
    Fast and Furious 6 2013
    American Gladiator TV Serious 08
    MMA Kick Boxing Fighter
    3) Rhona Mitra- Doomsday 2008
    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
    Shooter 2007
    Skin Walkers 2006
    4) Jennifer Garner- Daredevil 2003
    Elektra 2005
    The Kingdom 2007
    Alias 01/06
    5) Maggie Q- Nikita 2010
    Live Free or Die Hard 2007
    Priest 2011
    Mission Impossible III 2006

  5. And I throw in 2 wild cards:
    1) Emma Stone-The Amazing Spider Man(Gwen Stacey), Zombieland, Gangster Squad
    2) Jennifer Lawrence- Hunger Games, X-Men First Class, American Hustle

    Then there are the other possibilities.
    Cameron Diaz- Knight & Day, Charlie’s Angels
    Sandra Bullock- Murder by Numbers, Speed
    Vivica Fox- Kill Bill
    Charlize Theron- Aeon Flux, Hancock, The Italian Job, Snow White
    Kiera Knightly- Domino, Pirates of the Caribbean
    Scarlett Johansson- Avengers(Black Widow)
    Anne Hathaway- The Dark Knight Rises(Catwoman)
    Jessica Biel- Machete
    Sharon Stone(Old School)- Basic Instinct, Total Recall(1990) Catwoman(Villain)

    • I can also say Sigourney Weaver would be a lead role along with Linda Hamilton. Pam Grier would also be a choice.

  6. Sigourney weaver
    Jennifer garner
    Michelle Rodriguez
    Lucy lui
    Halle berry
    Linda Hamilton

  7. Let’s not discriminate against age…Helen Mirren is tough in Red.

    • I can agree with that!

  8. This is the third movie, and no Cynthia rothrock!!! What the hell!!! If this series is like a supergroup of action movies, then your production is flawed. How old are these D-bags? 23. F-in kids raised by Crack head parents don’t know shif. I hope you get your karmic retribution for being alive and dragging down society.

  9. Hudson Leick, Alison Carroll, Cynthia Rothrock, Jennifer Garner, Kathy Long, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. With cameos by Sybil Danning, Sandahl Bergman, and Linda Hamilton.

  10. Most of the women already suggested are really quite obvious.
    How about…

    Gina Carano… Haywire

    Summer Glau see her “work” in Serenity

    • Ms Carano has been names dozens of time, and was one of the early mentions during the opening of this thread

  11. Let’s start with ICON of female action stars…………Pam Grier.Without her it doesn’t count.Also need cameos from Angela Mao(Enter the Dragon),Gloria Hendry (Black Belt Jones),Diana Rigg(The Avengers TV Series).

  12. Ho ho, yeah! So many hot women, so deadly, so sex-ay! Anybody got some asprin, I’m having a heart attack!

  13. Sounds like a great idea…provided that they don’t just turn it into a man hating movie where it’s only men being punished. Those types of movies are lame. Make it original. Throw in a bad ass female villain. My preferences: Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Pam Grier and I would love to see Neve Campbell in there. Her bad ass shined in Scream 4, and I think she would be great in a role like this.

  14. forget lucy lu, I rather Ming-Na Wen in the movie, along with kate beckinsale, Mila Jovovich, Chloe Moretz, Angelina Jolie, Lena headey (maybe) and Kiera Knightley (Domino) she was reall great in that film