Clint Eastwood, Nicolas Cage & Harrison Ford in Talks for Expendables 3

Producer Avi Lerner is also pursuing Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke for the sequel to this weekend's star-studded blockbuster.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani


When Sylvester Stallone announced the first Expendables way back in, er… several years ago, we were all stunned by the cast he was able to gather for a single film: Schwarzenegger, Willis, Statham, Li, Austin, Lundgren? Mighty fine. Then The Expendables 2 was announced with Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme and it seemed like a pinnacle had been reached. But if producer Avi Lerner has his way, The Expendables 3 will feature the most mind-boggling cast to date.

"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]," Lerner told Total Film"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]"

Go ahead and read that paragraph again. It might take some time to sink in.

Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Mickey Rourke? While we doubt Lerner will be able to wrangle every single name on that list – Eastwood seems particularly unlikely, given his most recent career choices – it would appear they really are in the process of making every action geek's wildest dreams come true. 

Plus! If you scroll down to the bottom of the page at Total Film, in the SPOILER section, you'll find a hint of whether Jean-Claude Van Damme will return for the next film in the franchise, and how exactly they would plan to do it. It kind of ruins the end of this weekend's movie, though, so you have been warned.

Alas, our only complaint is that the Expendables movies seem to be an exclusive, boys-only club. No Angelina Jolie, no Pam Grier, no Sigourney Weaver, no Linda Hamilton, no Milla Jovovich, no Cynthia Rothrock, no Geena Davis, no Kate Beckinsale, no Jennifer Garner, no Lucy Lawless, no Michelle Rodriguez, no Zoe Saldana. I mean, would it kill these guys to lift the glass ceiling?

CraveOnline will be back with more Expendables 3 news when they toss Gordon Liu in the cast.