‘The Expendables’ Producer Gabs About Huge Names Being Approached For Third Film

The Expendables 3 Cast?

Seeing as The Expendables 2 has yet to hit theaters, it’s hard to imagine that there’s anything concrete yet nailed down for The Expendables 3. That doesn’t mean Sylvester Stallone and his crew don’t have some ideas about what tricks they want to pull out of their sleeves for the eventual trilogy capper though. And, in a chat with Total Film, Expendables producer Avi Lerner found himself spilling the beans about which big name actors that haven’t yet been involved in the franchise they want to sign up for part 3.

According to Lerner, “We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters].” Of course, wanting and approaching doesn’t exactly equal having, so these names should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Two of these guys don’t really do much acting anymore, and one is still in prison, so Lerner could be pinning his hopes on long shots.

Still though, the news that Cage is on board is enough to create some huge excitement alone. Apparently the interviewer couldn’t make out the name of the character Cage is going to be playing on the recording, but repeated listens reveal the fact that it may or may not be Hunter Somethingorother. And, as if a big dose of Cage craziness wasn’t enough already, it turns out he may be appearing next to another combustible element. Lerner went on to finish up his secret-spilling by saying, “And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars [will return].”

Come on, Mr. Lerner, “If he won’t be too crazy”? What’s the point? Let’s turn these guys loose.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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