When Sylvester Stallone started casting for the original The Expendables it was said to be an all-star action icon meet up. Anybody who had ever been in an action movie before, and even a lot of dudes who just slept on those guys’ couches for a couple months, were all rumored to be in the film. When all was said and done, however, it mostly just ended up being a Stallone and Jason Statham team-up movie, with a dash of Jet Li, a sprinkle of Mickey Rourke, and a very brief cameo from the other big action icons Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone. Not quite the all-star lineup people hoped for.
Now that production is underway for a sequel, the rumor mill has once again been churning out hopes and dreams of an all-star action cast. Not only are Willis and Schwarzenegger supposed to have bigger roles this time around, but sources loosely associated with the project have intimated that huge names in the action genre like John Travolta, Chuck Norris, and Jean Claude Van Damme are all going to be in the cast as well.
While no official casting confirmations have yet been released, and the jury still seems to still be out on Travolta’s involvement especially, it’s starting to look more solid that Chuck Norris and JCVD are in fact going to be rubbing elbows with their action movie contemporaries in this one. IGN noticed that on the official Millennium Films website, the cast list for The Expendables 2 includes both their names. While not an official press release or anything, having those guys’ names on the production company’s website for the film seems like a pretty official statement that they’re really in the movie to me. Who do you think throws the best roundhouse kick? Who would be faster dodging out of the way if Dolph Lundgren tried to rocket launch them both? Answers to these important questions and more may be on their way soon.