[Debunked: Turns out the Sly Stallone page was an impostor who was just relaying items he "read"]
From the moment The Expendables became a reality, fans immediately clamored for another Stallone-led team-up chock full of even more stars from '80s and '90s action films. While promoting the original, Stallone never shied away from namedropping the likes of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Steven Seagal as just a few of the actors he had approached. For one reason or another, they all said no, but the success of the old-school action affair made many of these names think twice when it came to a second chance to appear in the sequel where the process for casting a followup began again.
Seagal was offered a part in The Expendables 3 before The Expendables 2 even hit theaters, and producer Avi Lerner revealed that Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood had been approached about making an appearance as well. All the while, fans put together wishlists of who could appear in a followup, but we can now definitively confirm at least one new member of The Expendables 3 cast.
Posting on his Facebook page today, Sylvester Stallone provided an update on the status of The Expendables franchise. In usual fashion, he namedropped some of the stars he wants for the sequel:
We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group. Hopefully we can realize to Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke. That is the great mission of the producer. We will continue with the same narrative scheme, the agility and the frenzy, which are inherent to the saga. What will definitely be the last? I can not guarantee. In principle it would be two deliveries, but the affection of the people encouraged us to work on a third. I guess as long as we amused ourselves by offering fun and people, we can continue playing 'The Expendables'. For now we are not as expendable as it should and as some critics want.
Some of the sentences might be a bit amiss, but the general message gets through: We're getting more of the same action and style with The Expendables 3 and if Sly gets his way, more star power to go along with it. Expect at least returning guest appearances from the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in addition to the returning core members of Barney Ross' (Stallone) team of mercenaries with hearts.
Although we do not know what role Cage will play in The Expendables 3, he's an obvious fitting choice to play an eccentric villain of sorts, while the likes of Harrison Ford/Clint Eastwood could step in with a veteran heroic appearance not unlike Chuck Norris' role in The Expendables 2. Either way, fans who enjoyed what the first two films had to offer should be excited that Stallone aims to bolster the cast profile even more.
As for the story of the threequel, it's clearly still up in the air but it's possible Stallone uses the bankability of the stars in conjunction with the 'Expendables' brand name to do something he's wanted to do with the Rambo franchise for a few years, taking the series sci-fi, potentially even taking advantage of The Savage Hunt story based on James Byron Huggins' Hunter - for which Stallone owns the rights to. Read The Savage Hunt synopsis for more.
How does Nicolas Cage as a "half-human abomination" sound to you?
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