The Expendables franchise is quickly becoming a high-octane 'retirement home' for veteran action-movie stars - and I use the word retirement in the loosest way possible. The cast of the franchise, which is soon to enter its third iteration, reads like a 'who's who' of big screen gun-toting heroes, with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone headlining the show.
However, there are still some big names missing from the action, and now apparently former James Bond star, Pierce Brosnan, wants in.
In a recent interview with ComingSoon, the GoldenEye, Die Another Day and Mrs Doubtfire star explained he'd had a chat with producer Avi Lerner about joining the team. He explained:
I said to Avi Lerner, ‘If it works out and you have a good script, Avi, you know where to find me if you still want me.’ It’s as simple as that really. I had a grand time in his company. Sylvester Stallone is the one that’s given us these wonderful platforms for actors who have and had careers to go play and have fun and to entertain. To bring a bunch of guys together who saved the world, fought the bad guys, and put them all on the same stage, that’s crazy good.
It’s just about entertainment. Avi is somebody I’ve heard about and his movies always have big brash entertainment value to them. You can really change the world and that’s great, but ‘The Expendables’? Yeah, I’d love to do ‘The Expendables.’ It’s just a kick in the pants.”
Despite recently turning 61, the Irish actor still seems intent to continue firing guns and jumping around. The latest trailer for his upcoming movie, [The November Man](movie:398420) certainly wasn't short on slow-motion gun porn.
The inclusion of Brosnan would certainly be fun, but there are still some other big action names which have yet to appear in The Expendables. Here are eight more action stars which need to load-up on guns and join their friends.
The impeccably dressed 1990s action icon might not be the in same league as Schwarzenegger and Stallone, but he has certainly garnered the action credentials to land a role in The Expandables. Sure, his latest work has been a lot of straight to video fare, but you can guarantee each one contained a lot of gun fire, martial arts and ponytails. However, Seagal might have found a new, more peaceful vocation in life. My Moviepilot colleague Sarah recently saw him perform a blues concert in Berlin. Apparently, he knows his way around a guitar just as well as he does a Benelli M3 Super 90 12 gauge shotgun.
Here he is dicing up Tommy Lee Jones in Under Siege.
Just like Seagal, Nicolas Cage is an action star with a dubious recent movie quality track record. Hopefully an appearance in The Expendables could return him to what he knows best: f*cking up bad guys. There were early suggestions he would be appearing in [The Expendables 3](movie:388705), but it later turned out he wasn't - hopefully this suggests he's still got the casting director's phone number. Here's Cage letting out the rage in the aptly named Kick-Ass.
Jackie Chan was another name originally attached to The Expendables 3, although he claimed he would only want to appear in a minor role. Unfortunately, like Cage, it seemed the deal fell through and The Expendables franchise still lacks the one major star it really needs to be considered the defacto action ensemble movie. I don't need to remind you of Chan's credentials, but check him out in one of his most famous action scenes below (I mean, where did that motorbike come from?)
Of course, it's a reoccurring joke that Sean Bean never really survives any movies he's actually in. However, this has absolutely no bearing on his badassitude, because he always goes out in a blaze of glory, whether it's Equilibrium, GoldenEye, or The Lord of the Rings. But, his most badass character is surely that of Richard Sharpe, a 19th century sharpshooter with a working class chip on his shoulder and a penchant for killing poorly accented Frenchmen and calling people a 'bastard'. Here he is winning the Battle of Talavera.
You know you're an action icon when you're partly responsible for inspiring the character of Solid Snake. Whether he's causing Big Trouble in Little China, trying to Escape from New York or torching things in The Thing, Kurt Russel always kicks ass with a gritty attitude and stubbly face. This action veteran would certainly be a perfect addition to a rag-tag band of old warriors such as The Expendables. Plus he's simply been away from the big screen for way too long. Here's Russell playing Bangkok rules in an Escape from L.A. shootout.
As a right-hand man to both Schwarzenegger in Predator and Stallone in Rocky III, it makes sense that Carl 'Action Jackson' Weathers makes his way into The Expendables franchise. Indeed, he's such a right-hand man, that even when his right arm is cut off my an invisible, laser-firing alien, he still continues to fight. Now that's pretty bad ass. Check it out below.
The above guys might be veterans, but I'm sure many of these action stars would also admit they owe a debt of gratitude to Clint Eastwood. The original poncho-wearing gun-slinger became a defacto badass in his various Westerns and crime movies - generating an entire dictionary's worth of quotes. Even in the far less action packed Gran Torino, Eastwood still made you believe he could have any man in a brawl - especially if they were on his lawn. Check out some old and new Clint Eastwood below:
Like Eastwood, Connery is another action legend - I mean, he was the original James Bond for goodness sake. However, he's not just a tuxedo-wearing-wise-cracking-womanizing-alcoholic-spy, he's also donned a maroon beret as a paratrooper in A Bridge Too Far, as well as playing an ex-SAS prison-breaking badass in The Rock. Of course, he knows how to throw a punch, but what's even more impressive is his lightening wit and unique silky voice. He's another action star who deserves two clips to do him justice.
Which of these action legends would you most like to see in The Expendables franchise and why?
Who would you most like to see in The Expendables franchise?