Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and the rest of the good ol' boys appearing in The Expendables 2 have been busy in weeks past, tearing up Eastern Europe and (inadvertently) wreaking havoc on local Bulgarian natural landmarks.
We've been treated to a collection of simple set photos in the meantime, showcasing Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, and Stallone chilling alongside Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger - but nothing yet that groups all of the film's action movie icons together for one big (manly) dog pile... until now.
A poster has surfaced for the Expendables sequel, the cast of which features most of the main players in the first film, along with new additions like Van Damme, Norris, Scott Adkins, and youngster Liam Hemsworth.
With the notable exceptions of Randy Couture and Jet Li (the latter of which has been swapped out for actress Nan Yu?), the really big stars are present and accounted for in this new one-sheet, which features its titular testosterone-fueled task force ready for battle, guns a blazin' and squinty-eyed badass facial expressions in place, set against a backdrop of (what else) explosions and debris.
Check the Expendables 2 crew out in the poster below:
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Expendables 2 is shaping up to be the no-holds-barred throwback to insane 1980s and '90s-style action movie bliss that its predecessor failed to be - and not just because of its impressive assembly of onscreen talent. Stallone has abandoned co-writing and directing duties on the sequel; instead, those jobs are now being handled by full-time screenwriters David Agosto and Ken Kaufman, with Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) settling into the director's chair. Likewise, the cinematography is being designed by Shelly Johnson, who shot many effective action sequences (with a steady hand) in this past summer's Captain America: The First Avenger. That is yet another comforting sign, especially for those who remember the rattling shaky cam Expendables director of photography Jeffrey L. Kimball went with (at Stallone's behest, no less).
There's no official word yet on what the plot of Expendables 2 will entail, other than the obvious - that is, Barney Ross (Stallone) leading his team of muscle-bound warriors on a new globe-trotting mission. Expect to find out more when the first trailer is unleashed sometime in the (hopefully, near) future.
The Expendables 2 storms its way into U.S. theaters on August 17th, 2012.
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