The Expendables train has been chugging full steam ahead ever since it was first announced. We’ve had plenty of casting news which has left us with a group (a group that, perhaps, may still grow) of some kick-ass icons of action movies past and present.

In addition to Sylvester Stallone (who’s also writing and directing the film), we have Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Randy Couture, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Arnold Schwarzenegger (if only in a cameo appearance) Eric Roberts and Danny Trejo. While adding some Oscar-winning power and beauty to the film is Forest Whitaker and Charisma Carpenter, respectively.

Now with all this news coming out about the film, one thing which you would understandably want to know is just when is it coming out? Well the wait is finally over.

The Expendables has a release date of April 23rd 2010.

Any movie even remotely similar to what The Expendables is (that is an all-out, kick-ass macho action-fest…. hopefully, anyway), doesn’t want to be released anywhere near that date. The only competition currently scheduled is the remake of Death at a Funeral with Chris Rock, but somehow I don’t think they have the same intended audiences.

Anyone who’s ever felt their blood pumping while watching Stallone training for the boxing ring, cheered as Jet Li kicks the asses of an everlasting array of bad guys, been hooked as Jason Statham stylishly fights a dozen guys at once while wearing a suit (on and on…), should be just drooling in anticipation of this thing right now.

Although the date they’ve set is about 3 months too late for my liking, it’s still great to see them choose a definitive date. If, for whatever reason, the date gets changed at any point, I hope it will be moved ahead and not pushed back.

So are you part of the intended audience for The Expendables? Is there anyone out there who’s going to be able to resist seeing this cast come together and kick ass?

The Expendables is set to start shooting this July and, as stated above, has a current release date of April 23rd 2010.

Source: Collider and The Rattle (for header image)