‘The Expendables 3′: Stallone Confirms Mickey Rourke and Wesley Snipes, Teases Jackie Chan
If there's one thing Sylvester Stallone understands about the 'Expendables' franchise, it's that you've got to go big or go home. Everything we've heard about the upcoming 'Expendables 3' makes it sound like it's in a mad rush to make up for the particularly poor second film, which can only be a good thing. Mr. Stallone took to Twitter to share and spitball some ideas, including the casting of a new star and the return of another.
The most exciting tidbit of them all is the suggestion that one of the most famous martial artists of all time would be joining the macho ensemble. Here's what Sly had to say:
Yes, that Jackie Chan. If this is the first you're hearing of this, let's catch you up to speed a bit -- back in December, Chan stated that he got the invitation to join up with the 'Expendables 3' gang, but that he'd only do so on the condition that he "will be appearing as more than just a minor role." Perhaps Stallone's recent update suggests the ball's in Chan's court, but hopefully we'll get an official word sometime soon.
But Mr. Stallone wasn't done yet!
Of course, he's referring to Mickey Rourke, who played a small role in the first 'Expendables' but sat the second one out. If he does return, will he do more than sit around a tattoo parlor dispensing advice and sharing war stories? Maybe. Hopefully.
But wait! There's more!
We already knew that the recently un-incarcerated Wesley Snipes was prepared to join the cast. Of course, Snipes has fallen quite far down the ladder of celebrity (remember how great he was in the first two 'Blade' films?), so that "fight to the top" is going to be a tough one.
And that's not even the end of it. Stallone also went on to tease an Eastern European and Asian locations and the potential casting of Indonesian martial artist Iko Uwais, which will be huge news to anyone who has seen 'The Raid.' Actually, that may be more exciting than Jackie Chan...
'The Expendables 3' is being directed by relative newcomer Patrick Hughes and will arrive in 2014.