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. I don’t know if they’ll pick old people but I want sigourney weaver!

    • Stallone is older than Weaver, so I don’t see why not.

      • and she has aged well. she does not look that old in avatar.

    • Definitely! Linda Hamilton as well.

      • Yes, definitely Linda Hamilton. And of course, Grace Jones.

  2. Angelina Jolie, Michelle Yeoh, Linda Hamliton, Michelle Rodriguez and sigourney weaver are some of the big ones i can think of off the top of my head. maybe even some more chinese stars like bingbing li.

  3. I think Lucy Lawless is in jail right now.

  4. Got 2 also throw in Pam grier.maybe Sharon stone. She did kick a little a** in the original total recall.

  5. What about Lucy Lui, Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Carrie-Ann Moss (Trinity), Rebecca Romiijin (Mystique), Rhona Mitra (Doomsday), Scarlett Johnasen (Black Widow)

  6. Gina Carano & Evangeline Lilly would make some good villains

  7. Weaver has to be in it. No doubt about it. Then Maggie Q would be pretty good to have in it as well. Michelle Rodriguez and Mila Jovovich would be good choices as well. I wouldn’t mind seeing Scarlett Johansson in it too although I don’t know if she would be. Zoe Salanda would be really fun to see in it too. And although this is wishful thinking seeing Natalie Portman in it for some reason would make me happy. Anyways, that is who I would have in the cast. I know I am probably missing a few but those would be good picks in my opinion.

    • You do know the idea is to cast action stars, right?

      • Well lets see Weaver has been in several Sci-Fi movies that could equally double as action movies. So there is one.

        Secondly, Jovovich and Rodriguez have both been in action movies so I was right on there.

        Maggie Q is an action series as well as doing movies such as Mission Impossible 3 which are, oh who would have thought, action movies.

        Zoe Salanda was in The Losers which is an action movie.

        The only one I liste dwho wasn’t in one was Portman, and I said it probably wouldn’t happen but it made me happy to think she could be in it.

        So…Yeah I was right on with most of my picks wasn’t I.

      • Although Portman now does drama, she did break out in Leon the Professional.

  8. Considering Kill Bill I think that Uma Thurman should be considered…..

    • AMEN BROTHA!!!!! SING IT TO THE HEAVENS!!!! But if ya gots the Thurman you gots to have the Fox. Also, Rooney Mara, Demi Moore, Joan Allen for some wierd reason…Who knows? We’ll find out.

  9. Beckinsale, jovavich and the girl from John carter

    • cyntia rothrock and gina carrano. they are true martial arts stars,that would rock much better,because they make also their own stunts.

  10. Uma Thurman

  11. Here’s my list. It’s definitely a bit excessive in terms of numbers, but oh well.

    -Sigourney Weaver
    -Linda Hamilton
    -Angelina Jolie
    -Michelle Rodriguez
    -Maggie Q
    -Lucy Liu
    -Michelle Yeoh
    -Milla Jovovich
    -Kate Beckinsale
    -Gina Carano
    -Scarlet Johansson

    • GREAT list

    • You left out Cynthia Rothrock? Tut tut.

    • love the list u got all the actresses that i wanted in a female expendables kate beckinsale and maggie q dammmmm love em

    • Awesome list spot on

    • Take Scarlet Johansson out & put Jennifer Garner and Pam Grier in, and I’ll be quite happy with that list.

      • Actually, add Zoe Saldana to that list as well. She proved herself to be action-star worthy in The Losers & Colombiana. Need more women of color in the film. Can’t be all white & Asian women…

  12. Linda Hamilton

  13. I think a good villain would be Charlize Theron or Sharon Stone. So many possibilities though.

    • How are they action stars?

      • Charlize Theron did action in Aeon Flux and Hancock and Sharon Stone did some in Total Recall and Catwoman. Probably more for both, but those were ones that came to mind.

  14. When I read this headline in my RSS feed, I literally thought it must be a story from The Onion, which I also subscribe to.

    Which is to say, my first impression was very negative. Here goes Hollywood again, milking a successful idea to the last drop, and ruining it in the process.

    But on second thoughts, this could be good. It all depends on the execution. Gina Carano and Cynthia Rothrock in the same movie? I could live with that. Just make sure Grace Jones is in too.

  15. Sohn’s list plus Uma Thurman (the Bride)

  16. Expenda-belles (Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Milla Jovovich, Lena Headey, Summer Glau, Jessica Alba, Lynda Carter, Katee Sackhoff, Brigette Nielson, Maggie Q, Michelle Rodriguez, Michelle Yeoh, Pam Grier)

    Villains (Gina Carano, Ziyi Zhang, Lucy Lawless, Karma from WWE, Helen Mirren, Devon Aoki)

    • Helen Mirren as the baddie to Sigourney’s heroine? Interesting idea. It would be cool to see Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano throw down, but I would prefer to see them on the same team. I’d also move Brigette Neilson and Jessica Alba to the baddies side and bring in Jennifer Garner or Kate Beckinsale as an explosives or weapons expert. Interesting that you’d choose Katee Sackhoff cause she didn’t cross my mind. Good call. Strangely enough, not interested in seeing Scarlett for this type of movie or Lynda Carter.

  17. and Lucy Lawless (Xena)and Sarah Michelle Geller (Buffy)

  18. Haven’t seen a name mentioned that wouldn’t be great for this flik and I really hope it’s the next one they do… Girls rock and bad ass girls rock harder!!!

  19. Charlize Theron please :D


    • That would be both random and fantastic.

  21. Don’t know how you guys forgot about eliza dushku (faith) Gina Torres, Trish stratus,Ronda rousey

    • YES!!! to Eliza

    • big yes to gina torres

  22. i hope it ties into the Expendables series, almost a spin-off

  23. I agree with all the above lists except Angelina Jolie, she is so over-rated.

    • She’s the biggest female action star going.

  24. JeeJa Yanin, Rhona Mitra, Claudia Black and Zoe Bell.

  25. Zoe Saldana

  26. SAMUEL L. JACKSON!!!! oh wait, wrong movie.

  27. Angie Jolie needs to bulk up, she looks too skinny.

  28. Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard, and Lauren Bacall.
    High powered old school Expendables who annihilate the opposition with just a look.

    • Be careful, grandpa. Your age is showing.

      • Because I like old movies does not make me old.
        I’m probably younger than you.

    • Rooney Mara AND Noomi Rapace would be exquisite.

  29. I think it would a monumental failure at the box office.

    • I don’t see it working either, Phil.

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