Expendables 4 Recruits Andy Garcia To The Cast

Actor Andy Garcia knows his way around an ensemble film, and now the actor is set to star in one of the biggest action ensembles on the planet. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Garcia will be joining the cast of the upcoming action sequel "The Expendables 4". 

Garcia, who many fans know from the "Ocean's" films, will once more be joining a massive cast of high-profile stars. This time, they'll be kicking butts instead of running heists because "The Expendables" movies are a little more rough and tumble. The action franchise from Lionsgate and Millennium Media follows a group of veteran mercenaries played by some of the biggest action stars in the world, led by Sylvester Stallone.

This entry will center on Jason Statham's character, Lee Christmas, which had Stallone joking that the title was "Expendables 4: A Christmas Story" back in August. Stallone, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture will also reprise their roles from the previous films. Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Megan Fox, and Tony Jaa round out the cast, making their franchise debuts. Jaa seems like an especially fun fit, given his status as a martial arts expert.

The script was written by Spenser Cohen, with revisions by Max Adams and John Joseph Connelly. "Need for Speed" director and former stuntman Scott Waugh is set to direct. Details are being kept secret, but you can bet there will be loads of explosions and one-liners. Garcia will play a CIA agent assigned to accompany the Expendables on their dangerous mission. What that mission will be, or if Garcia's CIA agent character is up to the task, is anybody's guess.

Expanding the Expendables

Garcia's addition to the "Expendables" franchise got me thinking... could they inject new life into the franchise by crossing it over with other huge ensemble franchises? The first "Expendables" was fun, but the second and third films quickly wore the formula thin. What if the Expendables crossed over with the Ocean's crew? They could team up to steal weapons from a dictator or something. They get caught up along the way and need a getaway vehicle, and guess who's there to help them out? The "Fast and the Furious" family.

Think about it: Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Sylvester Stallone, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Rihanna, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt... It would be the single most star-studded movie event of all time. Call it "The Fast and the Furious: Ocean's Expendables." 

You're welcome, Hollywood.