Even though The Expendables 2 hasn’t really finished casting, nailed down a director, started shooting, or done much of anything, that doesn’t mean it isn’t too soon to start churning out publicity for it. To that end, they’ve put up some sales posters at Cannes and First Showing has snapped a pic. Despite the fact that I was kind of disappointed by the first Expendables, which wasn’t really the action dream team film that it marketed itself as, but instead more of a Stallone/Statham team-up movie, I’m already kind of excited about the sequel for a couple of reasons. The first is the way the 2 is emphasized in this poster. It feels very much like a throwback to 80s era action sequels. This isn’t The Expendables: Delta Mission Alpha or whatever goofy colon titles that modern sequels get. It’s just straight up The Expendables 2. Something feels right about that.
The second reason I’m looking forward to this sequel is the plot synopsis that Cinema Blend directed my attention to on Nu Image’s official site. Check out the poster and synopsis (with spoiler for the first film) below:
“The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal! After Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and soul of the Expendables, is brutally murdered on a mission, his comrades swear to avenge him. They’re not the only ones who want blood. Tool’s beautiful young and wild daughter Fiona embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters when she is captured and ransomed by a ruthless dictator plotting to destroy a resistance movement. Now Barney and the Expendables must risk everything to save her and humanity.”
First off, The Expendables 2 sounds super cool because this time it’s personal. Everybody knows that the shit doesn’t really start going down in action films until it’s personal. I didn’t think that the action was quite over the top and ridiculous enough in the first Expendables, but the personal nature of this plot thread will probably fix that. Secondly, this means there’s going to be a hot chick named Fiona running around kicking ass. Plus, she gets captured and needs to be rescued like the Princess in Mario games.
These are all fun things to watch in movies. Let the casting rumors begin. What actresses out there are awesome enough to pull off some ass kicking and be believable as Mickey Rourke’s daughter? Personally, I think they should just go with some random underwear model to keep things super authentic to 80s era sequels. Now if we could just get confirmations on expanded roles for Willis and Schwarzenegger in this thing, and for God’s sake sign JCVD and Seagal this time, then I’ll start really freaking out.