Posted on Monday, August 13th, 2012 by Russ Fischer
The Expendables 2 is about to hit theaters, and it sees the action all-star roster of the first film bolstered with new additions such as Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, and bigger roles for Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Producers are already cooking up plans for a third film, and in an interview to promote the first sequel producer Avi Lerner threw out some names that we might expect to see in the next old-age go around. Nicolas Cage is reportedly set for a role, and Lerner is trying to lock down some much bigger names, like Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford.
Lerner told Total Film,
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]. 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].
Wesley Snipes went to federal prison in December 2010 after being convicted of felony charges to defraud the U.S. government and making fraudulent tax refund claims, and is scheduled for release on July 19, 2013. So conceivably he could get to work on an Expendables sequel not long after — one would think he might want to get back to work as soon as possible.
Eastwood and Ford seem like serious longshots, but without knowing what Lerner is offering, it’s hard to say whether or not they could be lured on board. If The Expendables 2 does well, that might tip things in Lerner’s favor. Ford seems more willing to take supporting roles of late, but Eastwood would be a pretty big coup.