‘The Expendables 3′ Teaser Trailer: Sly and His Crew Line Up for Duty

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 4:40 pm,

Sylvester Stallone’s teamup with Arnold Schwarzenegger on the jail breakout thriller Escape Plan was a mixed success at the box office (weak U.S. turnout, solid foreign gross), while it remains to be seen how interested moviegoers are in Sly’s face-off with Robert De Niro in the boxing comedy Grudge Match (which opens next week). At the least, it’s a safe bet to say there will be a sizable crowd for Stallone’s 2014 team effort – The Expendables 3.

Similar to the teaser for the previous Expendables installment, the first theatrical preview for Expendables 3 isn’t so much a proper trailer as it is a glorified actor roster countdown. The cast is the movie’s biggest selling point, and with good reason; a lineup that includes Rocky/Rambo, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and The Transporter (Jason Statham) – in addition to returning bruisers Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture – needs no introduction.

New additions to the Expendables franchise include a handful of tech-saavy whipper-snappers, in the shapes of Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules), welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Olympic medal-winning martial artist Ronda Rousey.

On top of that, Sly and his fellow senior citizens will be joined by the likes of fellow 20th century action icons Wesley Snipes and Antonio Banderas – with Harrison Ford “filling in” for Bruce Willis – and Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammar), playing a small role. The big baddie in Expendables 3 will be Mel Gibson, who’s ready for a second round of tongue in cheek villainy after his role in Machete Kills last fall – and this time, he’s been hitting the gym something fierce, as evidenced by the photos of Mad Mel snapped up from the Expendables 3 set (hopefully, his antagonist role here will prove more satisfying than in the Machete sequel).

The Expendables 3 Teaser Trailer 2014 The Expendables 3 Teaser Trailer: Sly and His Crew Line Up for Duty

Plot-wise, Expendables 3 is pretty straight-forward: Gibson, as the co-founder of The Expendables, was left for dead by Sly’s Barney Ross, and he’s now back for revenge, which requires Barney and his craggy team to pool together – with assistance from some fresher-faced hotshots, who are more experienced and knowledgable in the mysterious ways of the digital age. (Cue the iPhone and Twitter jokes!)

Stallone co-wrote the script with Katrin Benedikt and Creighton Rothenberger: a writing (and husband-wife) duo who demonstrated a knack for this brand of formulaic throwback fare with the spring 2013 release Olympus Has Fallen. Finally, the job of director was assigned to Patrick Hughes; the relative unknown made his feature-length debut with the well-received B-movie thriller Red Hill in 2010, so he seems qualified for this line of work. Just be sure and ease back on the ‘shaky cam’, alright?


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

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  1. Sorry, but I love these movies. Sometimes I want to turn the brain off and just watch things explode like they did in the 80’s.
    Can’t wait for this.

  2. I was super excited about the first Expendables, and reasonably so about the 2nd, but it seems like it’s just more of the same. It’s fun to see these legends on the screen together, but with such a huge cast, they’re cannabalizing their screen time and can’t let the characters develop properly.

    The story isn’t the strongest points on these films either, so I think I’ll wait for a cheap night showing to check the third one out (if I don’t end up waiting for Blu Ray).

  3. It’s a fake

    • neverrrrmiiiiiind

  4. honestly this is what GI Joe should have looked like


    • +1

  5. i like what they did there by connecting this to the movie “the bridge on the river kwai”. sh*t just got real! :)

    • I thought it was from the WW2 movie “The Great Escape”

  6. Awesome! Love these movies.

  7. Leaving my brain at the door and can’t wait!

  8. awesome… stupid, testosterone-laden awesome fun. Love it!

  9. I want to groan, but I watched ‘Escape Plan’ recently and told anyone who called it stupid to shut up. Not because it wasn’t stupid, but because it was stupid to call it stupid.

  10. what, no Steven Seagal.

  11. Wait a minute! Were we not promised Jackie Chan not too long ago?

    • He’s too busy with his new job working for the Chinese government…

  12. Antonio Banderas? when did he played an action movie ? …NETFLIX !

    • He was in a few like Desperado, Once Upon A Time in Mexico, The Mask of Zorro films ……Spy Kids.

      • Sounds more like adventures to me

        • He was in Ballistics and Assassins as well. Terrible movies but action movies nontheless.

          • to me he`s not an Action Star but hey the man needs to eat

  13. I like the teaser, not sure about the movie though.

  14. I can imagine the making of this.

    “Is this far enough?”

    “No, no, keep walking! We need to have the whole damn team in the shot!”

    “Sir, the choir is getting tired of whistling! That one is about to faint!”

    “Keep whistling like your lives depend on it, guys! Just a bit more… Stop! Turn around!”

  15. Umm is Kelsey Grammar in the lineup? Hard to tell which one he is.

    • Never mind, hes not there. I thought he was third from the right but thats Arnold. lol

  16. kinda wanted to see jacky chan in this one, not Kelsy grammer

  17. The whistling is sooooooooooooooooooo catchy this trailer rocks

  18. I think Mr. T is missing

  19. This is what you get when you put the Money in the movie instead of your pockets, Hollywood.

    • This makes no sense. Hollywood studios regularly spend over a $100 million dollars on movies. Not sure where you think they don’t spend money. They don’t spend it WISELY a lot of time (Green Lantern, for example), but they spend it.

      • Right, they put the money in their pockets afterwards and screw over the people they’re supposed to pay by making it seem as if the film lost money.

  20. Still missing Kurt Russell..I want my Tango and Cash reunion.

  21. Lord, that’s a LOT of people. LOL

  22. Next they need Kurt Russel, Carl Weathers, Mr T, and maybe Hugh Jackmon.

  23. wow now this is a Teaser , I love expendables movie franchise love them so much EX3 is going to be a great great movie a Hugh blockbuster , a movie full of Legends (Stallone , Schwarzenegger , Gibson , snipes )full of action its a complete greatness pack in film

  24. excellent i love expendables franchise its gonna be a great movie cant wait

  25. wow wow great five star movie excellent movie i love this movie