The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s action flick that is supposed to begin shooting at any time now continues to have some cast reshaping going on. First, there was the news that JCVD, Jean Claude Van Damme was out because he couldn’t get on board with the script that Sly is still hammering out. Latino Review is reporting that Danny Trejo is in as (what else?), a villain in the movie. Now comes word from AICN that Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be in the movie, albeit cast as the Governor himself. The report states:
…Arnold Schwarzenegger is going to be playing Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in THE EXPENDABLES. He will be shooting for one day, and it seems that the Gov and Sly’s character Barney Ross have some history back when the Gov was shooting CONAN THE BARBARIAN!
Also – Ben Kingsley is out as the dirty bastard CIA sob, and Eric Roberts is in! Also, Mickey Rourke has finally signed on officially!
So JCVD has dropped out, as has Sir Ben Kingsley. Stepping in are Julia Roberts’ brother, Eric, ice-grilled up baddie Danny Trejo (who actually has a remarkable story as an ex-Con in real-life), and now Arnie is in, although in what will from all appearances amount to a cameo. And Rourke is officially signed up. We had first mentioned the movie to discuss Rourke’s addition, and the movie continues to take shape. Hopefully, a solid script can finally get ironed out and this thing can start shooting as planned in the next month. I am definitely interested in what can happen here. This still has the makings of a sick actioner if done right. Agree or not?
A couple of casting rumors, while another actor turns down a job. You’ll never guess who. Seriously. It’s bewildering.
From China.org (everybody’s favorite film news site) via FilmSchoolRejects.com lies the tidbit of Anne Hathaway possibly getting together with Jack Black, for the next Stephen Chow (CJ7) film. You might remember Chow dropping out of the director’s chair on The Green Hornet and this is presumably the reason why. He is currently the writing the script for what is apparently a special-effects-ridden, superhero, action-comedy. No other tidbits have been revealed, aside from the aforementioned Black and Hathaway as possible stars, along with Chow himself.
The same person?
The last action-comedy Hathaway was involved in was last summer’s Get Smart. It was mostly unfunny and very forgettable. It did, however, wake me up to Hathaway’s beauty, and that’s certainly commendable. I wouldn’t put the onus on her for the film’s failings. I assume Chow saw something in her that made him think she’d work here. I’m definitely curious to see how this shapes up. Here’s the trailer for Get Smart in order to relive some past glory:
Courtesy of The Telegraph is the news Cate Blanchett has been mentioned as possibly filling the shoes left by Sienna Miller as Maid Marion for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood film, Nottingham. Russell Crowe is set to play the dual role of Robin Hood/Sheriff Nottingham in the film. Actor, Mark Strong (studly in RockNrolla), playing Guy of Gisbourne, talked about the chances:
“I think Cate Blanchett is set to take the Maid Marian part. She is a wonderful actress and it would make it a much classier film if she was in it.”
That assessment is probably correct. Certainly classier than Sienna Miller, but I guess you’d have to combat the antics of Russell Crowe, too. Although I haven’t seen Scott’s past two teamings with Crowe (Body of Lies and A Good Year), I’m somewhat down with this movie. I haven’t been Blanchett’s greatest fan due to the costume dramas, but I don’t diss her either. I’m still on board with this.
To this day, this is what I think about with I hear the name Robin Hood:
Lastly, from TotalFilm comes an excerpt from an interview with Jean-Claude Van Damme about why he turned down a role in Sylvester Stallone’s old-school action-star throwback project, The Expendables.
“Stallone gave me a part in his next movie,” he told us. “But I ask him about the subject, about the story.”
“He said, ‘You’re gonna make lots of money.’ I don’t want to hear that, I want to hear what was my character. He was unable to tell what it’s going to be.”
“[Stallone said:] ‘You know, uh, well, the fighting will be good.’ [So I said:] ‘Sly, what is my character?’ So I didn’t do the movie.”
So, he’s a serious actor now? Perhaps all the positive buzz from JCVD has gone to his head. I do like Stallone’s idea of this reunion of all these 80’s action stars for one last go-round, combining them with the stars of today, kind of passing the proverbial torch to them. It’s far better than the incessant remaking of the entire 80’s film catalogue.
As of now the action cast stands at: Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li and Jason Statham. Steven Seagal and Arnold Schwarzenegger somehow need to free themselves up for this.
Although most others would probably prefer Bloodsport, the combination of hockey and action film was my Van Damme haven. Gotta love it when he skates out and tends goal! Here’s a clip from Sudden Death:
By special “The Film Nest” guest contributor: Joseph Amaral (aka “JoeCoconut” in Comments section)
I used to be big fan of the “Street Fighter” video game series when I was a kid. After seeing “Street Fighter II” at the arcade, I had to buy it for my Super Nintendo. Conveniently, “Super Street Fighter 2” came out and I got that for a Christmas gift instead. I then upgraded to “Street Fighter Alpha 2,” but quit after that because they came out with so many versions of the game. Such titles like: “Street Fighter Alpha 3,” “X-Men vs. Street Fighter,” “Street Fighter III” and the upcoming “Street Fighter IV.” My all-time favorite fighter was Chun-Li, who coincidentally is the main character in the upcoming movie, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
Now this isn’t the first live-action movie about “Street Fighter.” Let us not forget the god-awful 1994 film, Street Fighter, with Jean-Claude Van Damme. It is beyond me why they would even make another Street Fighter since the first one was so bad. Plus, movies based on video games have gone through a recent backlash thanks to the horrendous Uwe Boll pictures.
Did he actually get kicked or faint from the sight?
After seeing the trailer, I have a bad feeling this one won’t be good either. The movie stars Kristen Kreuk (“Smallville”) as Chun-Li (who is Chinese in the video game) and Neal McDonough (“Band of Brothers,” 88 Minutes) as M. Bison. The movie follows Chun-Li’s origin and her quest for redemption. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Chris Klein (didn’t even know he was still acting) as Charlie Nash, Michael Clarke Duncan as Balrog (one of the worst Street Fighters of all-time), Taboo (from Black Eyed Peas fame) as Vega and Robin Shou as Gen.
The movie is by Polish director Andrzej Bartkowiak, who also directed another video game adaptation in Doom. Looking at the cast, I feel bad for Michael Clarke Duncan, because it seems like he just needs a paycheck. He was so good in his Academy Award-nominated performance in The Green Mile and it seems like he has stooped to an all-time low with this one. I don’t want to say he’s a wash-out just yet, but it can by seen on the horizon. Like I mentioned before, Chun-Li is Chinese in the game and yet a Canadian actress plays her. I don’t understand why they wouldn’t cast a Chinese actress to play her, but whatever. Chris Klein comes back from the dead for this one and I honestly thought he wasn’t acting anymore. He is famous for playing Chris “Oz” Ostreicher from the American Pie series. He’s never been a good actor, so perhaps there’s a reason why he’s playing one of the lesser known Street Fighters (Charlie Nash) and certainly one of the lamest. I will admit Taboo does look rather cool as Vega and was one of the more memorable characters from the trailer.
Try swingin' that thing up here
Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li will probably be somewhat better than the first one as this one doesn’t have Van Damme in it. The movie will be released February 27, 2009.