With the massive success of the first two Expendables films it comes as no surprise that a third movie is in development and just about every action star over the age of fifty years old has been rumored to be circling a role, including the likes of Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Harrison Ford (Star Wars) and Wesley Snipes (Blade).
The co-writer and star of the franchise Sylvester Stallone has taken to his Facebook page to confirm one of the new stars for The Expendables 3:
“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 cannot 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.“
Judging by Stallone’s statement, it seems he is looking beyond a trilogy of films and as long as the audiences continue to support the franchise we could be looking at many more Expendables films in the future.
Update – Stallone has subsequently contacted Deadline to state that “he has no knowledge of Nic Cage joining The Expendables 3“, with the original comments attributed to a Stallone fan page purporting to be the actor’s own comments.