Shooting on The Expendables 2 is underway, and today we have an image from the set that might just be able to beat up any other set image ever taken. It's that macho.
So, if the names Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, and Sylvester Stallone mean anything to you, you'll want to scroll on down to the image below.
The Expendables 2 is the sequel to the 2010 action movie throwback, which boasted what is probably the most macho cast this side of the Fast and the Furious franchise, bringing together older action stars and tough guys like Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and...Eric Roberts. The sequel has only gained more muscle (literally) by adding the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Scott Adkins, with more action stars like Donnie Yen and Christopher Lambert still rumored to be in contention. Of course, Expendables 2 is also getting some young blood, with Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) already confirmed, and Taylor Lautner's name circling the rumor mill (Lautner IS a trained martial artist, fyi).
Now that you know the breakdown, check out the image that Schwarzenegger himself tweeted from the Expendables 2 set (he's having fun, fyi):
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Of course we've seen the three action icons before in their brief meeting scene in the first Expendables, but it's been said that both Schwarzenegger and Willis could be given expanded roles in Expendables 2, so - in addition to the overwhelming badassedness of the cast - there's that to look forward to. And with director Simon West's track record for solid action flicks (Con Air, Tomb Raider, The Mechanic), film buffs can at least take solace in the fact that they won't have to endure another round of Stallone's...questionable directorial approach. That all said: there's a good chance that this could be one of those rare sequels that's better than the original.
The Expendables 2 will blast into theaters on August 17, 2012.