The casting updates for The Expendables 3 have been going on for over a year now, but there has still been no official announcement to tell us exactly who will be appearing in the third film. All the updates have come from the Tweets of Sylvester Stallone, and most have turned out to be true, while others sadly haven’t, yet.
However, last week saw official confirmation that Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas were joining the cast, with Gibson filling the role as the villain. However, Lionsgate, Millennium Films and Nu Image have yet to released a press release confirming exactly who will be in the new film, and the only person we know for certain is Stallone. After last weeks bitter exchange of words, we also now know that Bruce Willis will definitely NOT be returning. As for everyone else, producer Boaz Davidson confirmed to Bleeding Cool exactly who HAS signed up so far.
The names confirmed at this moment in time are: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Ortiz, and Kellan Lutz.
As for the rumoured Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Steven Seagal and Milla Jovovich, those are still only rumours. A week away from the start of production could mean an official press release very soon!
Also revealed today is that Glen Powell has now joined the team. Powell has briefly appeared in TV series’ including CSI: Miami, Without A Trace and The Lying Game. He was also seen in last years The Dark Knight Rises.
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.
The Expendables 3 will be directed by 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.