Lionsgate has released an official statement today on who will all will be starring in The Expendables 3, along with the full plot synopsis of what crazy shenanigans our grizzled action stars will be up against this next. All of the regulars are back, but this time there are a slew of new faces that may surprise and excite movie goers enough to actually anticipate this entry. See the full cast list and details after the break.
Old school meets new school in the third entry of The Expendables series. It would seem that Stallone will need the help of more tech-savvy youngsters to fight. Comprising of the new blood will be Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. But there is not just fresh blood coming onto the scene, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, and Harrison Ford will make their debut into the franchise.
From the official press release, here is the full plot synopsis of The Expendables 3:
Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham), and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster, and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
I think this may be the most interesting plot out of the three films. I think the cast is diverse enough to give it some great depth and hopefully each actor will have more than one minute of screen time. What worries me is that the new school versus old school thing has all the potential to be disastrous. Old people don’t know how to use Facebook? OH MY GOSH THAT’S SO FUNNY. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
The full cast of The Expendables 3 will feature:
- Sylvester Stallone
- Jason Statham
- Jet Li
- Dolph Lundgren
- Randy Couture
- Terry Crews
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Wesley Snipes
- Antonio Banderas
- Mel Gibson
- Harrison Ford
- Kellan Lutz
- Ronda Rousey
- Victor Ortiz
- Glen Powell
This is a much diverse cast than the previous entries, but still no big female action stars. The idea of a female Expendables has been tossed around for quite some time, I’m just not quite sure why the creators of The Expendables franchise wouldn’t want to capitalize on the idea first and just start integrating them into their franchise. We can assume they just want it so chocked full of testosterone that any bit of strong estrogen would derail the whole film. Ronda is a nice touch, but I think there could be a better balance here.
What do you think of this all-star cast? Leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your thoughts.
Production begins Monday, and you can find The Expendables 3 exploding into theaters on August 15, 2014.