The Expendables 2 is set to close the summer movie season with a bang when it’s released later this week. With that film already in the can, the producers are already looking to the future and The Expendables 3.
Producer Avi Lerner has been talking to Total Film and told them that they are going after even more big names in the potential follow-up, “We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters]. And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars [will return].”
It isn’t known if Sylvester Stallone is writing the screenplay for this third installment, although it seems they definitely have some new characters worked out. If The Expendables 2 director Simon West returns, he will reunite with Nicolas Cage, who starred in his 1997 action-thriller Con Air, and the filmmaker’s upcoming Stolen, debuting in cinemas later this year.
While it seem Cage has already agreed, I reckon Lerner will be very lucky to get Eastwood and Ford, who are incredibly picky about they’re projects. Eastwood in particular hardly makes any movie any more as an actor, and it’s tough to imagine he’ll agree to this.