Formerly one of the biggest and most beloved movie stars on the planet, actor, producer and director Mel Gibson’s image has somewhat faltered of late. A nasty divorce, the press jumping on his remarks and accusing him of antisemitism, and his general bad boy attitude these days have lead Gibson to become a dark, thorn in the side of Hollywood. However, instead of trying to reclaim his nice guy image, Gibson has embraced the darkness and used his almost thuggish persona to re-invent his career.
In How I Spent My Summer Vacation he was a true anti-hero, and he will be seen playing the villain in Robert Rodriguez’ upcoming sequel, Machete Kills. Now Showbiz 411 is reporting that Gibson is set to appear in The Expendables 3 as the villain. No other details have been revealed, but should this be true, I believe this will be a superb addition to the ever growing cast, and Gibson is perfect to be playing the villain.
I say bring it on, and let’s see Gibson continue down this dark path, and I have every confidence that he will make a great villain in Machete Kills, and an even better one of The Expendables 3.
Lionsgate have revealed that they will release The Expendables 3 in US cinemas on August 15th 2014. This marks the third time The Expendables will be released at the tail end of the Summer Blockbuster season, and his hasn’t harmed the previous two films.
Both the previous films were released around the same time in 2010 for the first film, and in 2012 for the second film. The Expendables grossed $275 million worldwide, while The Expendables 2 did slightly better taking $300 million worldwide.
Sylvester Stallone has starred in both films, and will be back for the third film. While we still wait for confirmation of the previous films cast members to return, the only name we know for sure is back is Mickey Rourke. However, it is doubtful the main cast would not return for a third outing, so the likes of Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture are likely to be announced at some point.
What is even more exciting is the latest additions to the Expendables series, and a number of names have been confirmed over the past few weeks to be making their Expendables debut. Wesley Snipes, Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are all set to appear, and there have even been talks with Steven Seagal to make his first appearance in the films. Exciting stuff indeed.
We also now know who will be directing The Expendables 3, Australian director Patrick Hughes. Hughes is an Australian commercials director who has made a small amount of short film including Signs, The Lighter and The Director. His only feature lengthy film is the 2010 Western Red Hill.
Production on The Expendables 3 is set to begin later this year.