Jean-Claude Van Damme Wants In On ‘The Expendables 2′

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 17th, 2011 at 12:21 am,

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What’s cooler than a bunch of 80s action stars coming together to kick some butt for Sylvester Stallone? More 80s action stars!

When The Expendables was coming together, every fan of action movies in the world was fantasy casting the lead roles, throwing out names like Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal, names unfortunately that didn’t make it into the feature film despite Stallone offering the chance.

Come the success of the film and word of a The Expendables 2, and now everyone wants in, including JCVD.

While Stallone rolls around ideas in his head, he has made it well-known that he wants to bring in some more action stars for The Expendables 2 and that Bruce Willis will have a larger role as the sequel’s like villain. According to Willis, Stallone is “going for all the marbles this time, and [is] going to get everybody in ['The Expendables 2'].”

That first new addition may just be JCVD, aka “The Muscles from Brussels.” Van Damme was offered a role in the first The Expendables but turned down the opportunity because Stallone didn’t have a fleshed out character to offer him at the time. Instead, Van Damme went on to make another Universal Soldier, straight-to-DVD. Weird.

MovieWeb picked up on the forums of The Van Damme Files where director Sheldon Lettich (The Order, Double Impact) participates. Lettich wrote several of Van Damme’s earlier films, even directing a few, and he’s currently seeking to make Double Impact 2. According to him, Jean-Claude Van Damme is up for joining the cast of The Expendables 2:

“JC seems to be leaning towards appearing in the sequel, as far as I know. If Steven Seagal is not in the sequel, from what I’ve heard it won’t be because of Sly but because of producer Avi Lerner, who had a few bad experiences with Steven.”

I’d choose JCVD over Seagal personally, but it’s a shame they both might not be able to join. Either way, we’ll be hearing casting confirmations soon. Van Damme would be joining a large cast including all of the characters of The Expendables along with larger roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and new characters  possibly played by Ryan Seacrest and more to come (hopefully Kurt Russell!).

[Edit: For those wondering, the Seacrest casting came from Stallone tweeting about what great physical shape Ryan is in and that he’d do some damage in a fight in The Expendables 2. Later, Seacrest revealed that he was asked to play some sort of computer geek. If Lundgren has his way, Seacrest wouldn’t be doing heavy lifting but would be playing some CIA guy instead. Nothing’s official yet.]

Should Van Damme climb onboard officially, should he play a villain? A new member of Stallone’s elite? Or, a member of another team like Schwarzenegger’s?

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Source: The Van Damme Fans (via MovieWeb)

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  1. Michael Jai White- Hell yes, seen him in Blood and Bone he was insane
    Vin Diesel- Could be good with a small part
    Danny Trejo- He was insane in Machete and has been good in lots of smaller roles
    Kimbo Slice- Not a great actor but looks fierce and could be in a new team?
    Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa- Was great against Dolph Lundgren in some films starring him
    Scott Adkins- He was amazing in undisputed 2 and 3
    Michelle Rodriguez- Hot and can play a female actione role well
    Zoe Saldana- Same as above

    • Kimbo Slice dude? and Zoe Saldana? You’re kidding lol

  2. Can nobody remember Cynthia Rothrock anymore? She was THE woman in martial arts movies in the 80ies and 90ies. She must get on the cast.

    • OMG i remember that chick! Cynthia! She was badass!

  3. I’d like to see him as a good guy in Expendables 2. However i’m down to see Double Impact 2 made. The first was very good. Brings me memories. I was just a teenager when i saw this. :D I cannot wait!

  4. I want to see Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris in the movie as good guys, not as bad guys. I can’t wait to see Expendables II.

  5. I want to see Cynthia Rothrock in Expendables II as well. She knows how to kick ass. :-)

    • I too would like to see Cynthia Rothrock in the Expendables 2 or if they decide to make a third Expendables film I would like to see her in on the good side because I think her films are fantastic and she can kick ass

  6. Definately Cynthia Rothrock…She was a Badass in the 80′s 90′s. I would like to see Jeff Speakman and Steven Seagal go at it. Any one remember Jeff Speakman?

  7. sylvester stallone …LEGEND