‘RED’ Cast Confirmed for ‘RED 2′; Catherine Zeta-Jones & Byung-hun Lee Also Onboard

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:43 am,

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Lionsgate has officially confirmed that the cast of 2010′s hit action-comedy Red – featuring members of the over-50 crowd like Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Dame Helen Mirren – will be returning in the sequel, simply titled Red 2.

Moreover, the next Red flick will add some (relatively) younger acting blood to the cast, with new additions like Oscar-winner Catherine-Zeta Jones and Korean actor/Tae Kwon Do specialist Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe movie franchise).

Red 2 follows the gang of retired (and extremely dangerous) CIA black-ops agents (Willis, Malkovich, Mirren) on a new adventure where “they use their old-school style to take on a new set of enemies all across Europe.” Taking over directorial duties from Red helmer Robert Schwentke is Oscar-winner Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest), who will work from a screenplay penned by the same duo responsible for writing the original film, Erich and Jon Hoeber. Unlike the first Red movie, which was loosely based on the comic book by Warren Ellis, the Hoebers will not be drawing inspiration from any exterior source material for the second installment in the series.

Zeta-Jones, who’s been working below most moviegoers’ radars since 2005′s Legend of Zorro, stands to make a comeback this year with her role in the musical Rock of Ages; thereafter, the Chicago alum will make appearances in both Allen Hughes’ Broken City and Steven Soderbergh’s The Bitter Pill, before joining the party for Red 2. Lee, by comparison, should continue to make a good name for himself with this summer’s G.I Joe: Retaliation – has recently added a pair of cult Korean titles to his belt (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and I Saw the Devil) – and should also be received as a welcome addition to the Red sequel, along with Jones.

It should also be mentioned that Mary-Louise Parker is confirmed to reprise her Red role as ordinary gal Sarah Ross in the followup; however, fellow fan-favorite supporting players Karl Urban and Brian Cox are not mentioned in the studio press release. While news of their return would also be greeted with open arms, it’s admittedly less apparent how their respective characters would figure into the plot of Red 2 (without coming off as contrived).

So long as the sequel can replicate the popcorn fun of its predecessor – and features at least one moment as memorable as Malkovich’s face-off with a rocket propelled grenade - it should be good.

Red 2 hits theaters around the U.S. on August 2nd, 2013.


Source: Lionsgate

TAGS: Red, Red 2
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  1. Awesome. I really enjoyed the first one.

  2. Cool! I saw the first one a few months ago and I really liked it.
    Can’t wait for the sequel.

  3. They should have gotten Eastwood to play Frank’s dad. I’ve been looking for confirmation that a second round of the geriatric warriors was coming, and what I just read sounds great.

  4. Sweet red was so awesome cant wait for this one

  5. Who are Bruce Willis and John Malkovich talking to in the picture at the top??? I don’t remeber that from the first movie. It kinda looks like Steve Buscemi…

    • Same guy that played the bad guy in 48 Hours, or who played Raiden in Mortal Kombat 2.

    • James Remar

  6. i hope karl urban returns to!!!

    • omg I hope that too :$ he is sooo hot and the best actor I know

  7. Bruce Willis will be in it? Alright, when do tickets start selling? What? What other people will be in it? I don’t know, I’m sure the article names a few, but don’t need to read it… :-D

  8. When I see these movies with people my age doing all this high action stuff I just have to wonder who is buying into that. Even if you’re in great shape your body isn’t made to bounce back from a lot of physical shock like you are up to some time in your 30′s. I mean anyone can point a gun and shoot someone, but some of that other stuff just isn’t something a bunch of people in their 50′s and 60′s could do for very long….

    • You do realize this is from a comic book, right? :-)

  9. Catherine Zeta Jones?!? c’mon!

    If Red 2 doesn’t have Karl Urban or Brian Cox, it won’t be the same! I’d love to see a sequel that has Urban as the team’s CIA contact and them running ops as contractors maybe. Big question is who’s going to be the bad guy? Richard Dreyfus and Rebecca Pigeon were both killed at the end so that’ll be interesting.

    I don’t know why Summit/Lionsgate didn’t get a sequel into development as soon as this became a box office hit. Instead, studios want to reboot/rehash/remake movies or TV shows from 10-20 years ago that should be left alone.

  10. I could still see Brian Cox as an option considering his character was in love with Helen Mirren’s character and him taggin along to be with her doesn’t seem far fetched to me. Karl Urban’s character wouldn’t make sense though

  11. Bring Back Ernest Borgnine with a bigger role.

  12. Why didn’t they check on Jackie Chan to join this since they’re bringing in a martial artists that is young. I know it’s cliche but isn’t that what makes this movie great?

    • @Art

      Um, I hope you haven’t been watching Jackie Chan movies from the 70′s thinking they are new because Jackie Chan is anything but young…

  13. Yippe Ki-yay mutha…you know the rest! I can’t wait.

  14. where the hell is karl urban? bring him back!!!!!!

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  16. I agree that Karl Urban’s character wouldn’t fit the plot as described but Brian Cox’s character certainly would especially given the relationship with Mirren’s character.

  17. I don’t know why Brian Cox isn’t included in Red2. Don’t mess with perfection.