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'Expendables 3': Chan, Snipes, Cage and Jovovich in Talks to Join the Cast

Sylvester Stallone is getting his boys back together for The Expendables 3, and he wants to convince all the cool kids to join them - while includes people like Mickey Rourke (who was unaccounted for in Expendables 2) - for a third round of reliving the testosterone-fueled action genre movie glory days.

We've been hearing for a while that the invite list could include names like Nicolas Cage and Jackie Chan - in addition to Wesley Snipes (who's fresh out of jail) - while, more recently, Sly confirmed that the longtime holdout, Steven Seagal, may finally be willing to join in the explosion and cheese-riddled festivities.

Today, we can announce that yet another iconic action movie star - and a (gasp!) woman at that - is lining up to "track 'em, find 'em, kill 'em" with Sly and his boys (or craggy-faced muscleheads, whichever you prefer), based on a report that lists Milla Jovovich as being - along with Chan, Snipes and Cage - in "advanced negotiations" to become a member of the Expendables acting crew.

The report from Deadline confirms what we've been hearing from Sly for some time now: that Chan and Snipes are all-but officially locked down. Furthermore, it gels with Dolph Lundgren's previous comment about Cage ranking high on the Expendables 3 Wanted List, and that filming - as mentioned in the announcement by Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer - is expected to begin in late Summer/early Fall 2013, to keep the film on-course for a Summer 2014 release date.

However, this is the first we've heard about Jovovich being on the verge of striking a deal to board the project. Nevertheless, this potential casting makes sense, seeing how the Fifth Element and Resident Evil franchise's badass leading lady fits the bill - when it comes to a role that Sly described as "a young woman who is not a sex symbol but funny, tough, REAL." (Sidenote: Jovovich is, technically, both a sex symbol and tough cookie, but we're not complaining.)

Sly has recruited new blood to work behind the scenes on Expendables 3 - in the form of budding indie filmmaker Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) - and Jovovich may not be the only whipper-snapper (relative to this franchise, anyway) who's added into the mix. A previous rumor indicated that Joe Taslim - the martial artist star of The Raid: Redemption and Owen Shaw's (Luke Evan) mostly-silent thug in Fast & Furious 6 - could also become a cast member. That would be in keeping with Sly's comments about wanting to beat The Raid at its own game (re: by delivering more non-stop thrills and bone-crunching action).

There are still big questions about Expendables 3 casting that remain to be answered - like will Cage be chewing the scenery as the villain and is Jet Li going to return (in some capacity) - so keep your eyes peeled for additional updates on the Screen Rant homepage over the forthcoming months (as we approach the start date for production).

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How do you like The Expendables 3 lineup so far? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Deadline

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