Some exciting news and possible behind-the-scenes drama coming out of Sylvester Stallone and the "Expendables" cast today. The ringleader of the aging group of action heroes tweeted today, declaring a big cast change for "The Expendables 3," due out on August 15, 2014.
"WILLIS OUT... HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!" Stallone tweeted.
That's certainly exciting news, since the "Indiana Jones" actors has been a member of possibly-Expendables for a while now, along with Jackie Chan, Mel Gibson, Nic Cage, and Wesley Snipes.
But it was what Stallone tweeted next that made us think there's something else going on here.
In the last few years, Jason Statham has taken on a role similar to Dwayne Johnson in that if you add him to an existing franchise, things tend to get a little more interesting.
His appearance after the credits of "Fast and Furious 6" set up what is sure to be a can't-miss turn as the latest villain for the car action franchise. Statham was a little hesitant to talk "Fast 7" details when he sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, but he explained why his near-miss appearance in "Fast 6" didn't happen.
by Eddie Wright
On April 2, Wesley Snipes was officially released from the clink following a stint for tax evasion. Now -- according to Slyvester Stallone's Twitter feed -- the three-time Vampire hunter is said to be joining your future Father's Day purchase, "Expendables 3."
Late on April 15, Stallone tweeted the following about the Simon Phoenix to his John Spartan:
After "Expendables 2" expanded the cast of action legends and went on to make $300 million globally, the fanboys of the 80s throwback series wanted to know who would be added next. There were rumors of Nicolas Cage and Jackie Chan and Bill Clinton(?), but no definite words.
Now the mastermind of the series and the leader of the Expendables, Sylvester Stallone, has taken to Twitter to give his fans an update about where things stand.
"Writing EX3 at the moment," Stallone said. "There are going to be mountains of surprises."
Read more about "The Expendables 3" after the jump!
As the "Expendables" franchise continues to add action icons to its line-up, the question of who will join next becomes more and more intriguing. There have been some rumors floating around about who could join "Expendables 3" and Jackie Chan supposedly wants in, but MTV News felt the need to set the record straight about who's in and who's out. So we went to leader of the gang, Sylvester Stallone at the red carpet premiere of his newest film "Bullet to the Head," to get the definitive word.
His answer was surprising to say the least.
"Maybe President Clinton wants to be in it," Stallone said before walking away. "You think I'm joking, right?"
Watch our full interview after the jump!
When it comes to "The Expendables," there has become this universal wish list for action stars everyone wants to see join the ranks. There have been talks of Wesley Snipes and Nic Cage and Harrison Ford, but there's now good word on a great get for the series.
Speaking with Yahoo!, Jackie Chan revealed that he may join Sly Stallone and the gang for "The Expendables 3." According to the action legend, Stallone asked him to join the second movie, but he couldn't due to scheduling conflicts.
"Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming 'CZ12' and couldn't make a commitment to the film," Chan said. "But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes."
Chan said that he hoped "Expendables 3" would take on his traditional "buddy-buddy" format, so you know what that means....BLOOPERS!
It's become increasingly clear that "The Expendables" is the movie franchise that Sylvester Stallone wants to focus all of his attention on, and we're totally okay with that. That's why it didn't come as much of a surprise when Stallone set the record straight about the status of the upcoming "The Expendables 3" to El Pais. According to him, all systems are a go.
"We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group," he said. "Hopefully we can realize to Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke. That is the great mission of the producer."
"The Expendables 3" might be lining up a pretty impressive group of new actors to join the cast, but it turns out that not all of the big names from "The Expendables 2" are planning to return. In a new interview, Chuck Norris said that one "Expendables" film will be more than enough for him.
When speaking with Access Hollywood at "The Expendables 2" premiere, Norris admitted that he has no plans to return for future sequels.
"No, just number two. This is it for me," he said. "It was special just to be able to do the film with guys I've known for many, many years and get a chance to get together and fight with them. It was a lot of fun. Plus getting a chance to meet Terry [Crews], who I hadn't met before, and Jason Statham, who I hadn't met. It was fun just to do that."
Who says the boys should get all the fun? If there's anything that's been noticeably lacking from the all-star line-up of "The Expendables" films, it's some butt-kicking leading ladies. Fortunately we're not the only ones to see this as a mistake, as "The Grey" producer Adi Shankar and his team at 1984 Private Defense Contractors are planning their own version of "The Expendables" starring women.
Variety reports that Shanker is "already in talks with several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre," but who could they be? We put together our own lengthy wish list of women who would be great for the project, which you can read after the jump.