Here is a video promo / trailer of sorts (some internet heads are claiming legit trailer, though I suspect it simply cannot be) for Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming actioner The Expendables. The video plays out in trailer-like fashion but is in many ways a jumbled mess of ass-kicking action, cheesy dialogue, and explosions. This sounds right about par for the course of what we expect to see come next year from this film. It is a good compliment to this behind the scenes video for the movie.
The cast includes a bevy of action movie “has beens” and “still ares” (TM) in Sly himself, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, etc. There are no glimpses of Arnold (who has an expected cameo) or Bruce Willis (ditto), and its sad that there will not be a Steven Seagal sighting in the pic. That is just a swing and a miss there, but I believe they tried. If nothing else, the video shows a firm glimpse of what the internet has anticipated as a general good time at the theater next year. Enjoy the mayhem.
In a rumor that was preordained upon initially hearing about Sylvester Stallone’s planned movie The Expendables, it is being confirmed by MTV that Bruce Willis is going to have a small role in the movie. The news is not entirely shocking, though personally, I think Willis should be “above” such a project – to some extent. His part will ultimately result in mostly a cameo in all likelihood as he says:
“I haven’t united with them,” he said. “I’m waiting for a call from Sly about when we’re going to try and make that happen. I don’t know anything about [my character] yet, haven’t seen any pages yet, but I’m excited about it.”
Now, I guess since he pretty much reinvented the action genre with Die Hard (at least he starred in the movie credited with reinventing the action genre), it makes sense on some levels that he would be in the film. I have always liked Willis, way back before he ever did Die Hard. He was on a sitcom called “Moonlighting” and he was charismatic and charming (a different version of “Cheers” star Ted Danson’s Sam “Mayday” Malone, the best TV sitcom character of all-time in my book.) While I say he is “above” it – in reference to the film, I mean it in the sense that a guy like Stallone is honestly, a has been, and his recruitment of other action stars like Jason Statham and Jet Li, prove he needs more modern, bankable names to make the film work. Sorry, but Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture don’t count. That’s not to dis Stallone, I like the guy, I grew up with the guy, Rambo, Cliffhanger (a sequel?), and of course Rocky are classics.
In the end, I like the move. It’s another feather in the cap of what could be a truly fun-filled time at the theater, where you attend only hoping to see some smash-bang action and watch some of your boyhood action stars (in my case, anyway), take a trip down memory lane to some extent. I hope the film does well from that standpoint and the addition of Willis helps make this more attractive to me. Agree? (mainpage image courtesy of Screenrant)
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:
Reports have come through that Mickey Rourke has joined the cast of the upcoming Expendables movie. Variety reports:
Rourke will play an unscrupulous arms dealer who becomes the go-to guy for a group of mercenaries planning to topple a South American dictator.
The movie, both written and directed by Rambo, I mean, Rocky, I mean, Sylvester Stallone is a war/actioner that features a bevy of action hero badasses. Jason Statham (Crank), Jet Li (War), UFC-fighter Randy Couture (WTF? -why?), and Dolph Ludgren (“I must break you.”) are already on board as the mercenaries mentioned in the report. Factor in Sir Ben Kingsley and Forest Whitaker, who are reportedly planning on being on board as well, and that is one serious guy-movie, testosterone (or maybe deca-durabolin) wet dream.
The script must have generated some serious heat in order to attract such a wide-array of talent. This can only be a good thing as far as I am concerned. Its nice to see supposedly leading men, jumping into an ensemble like this, not worrying about their egos or headlining a film. This ought to be pretty sweet, at least in theory. The movie is set to start filming in Brazil in the first quarter of this year, so no release date has yet been set. We will keep you posted. What do you think, interesting or ridiculous, or both!?!
(BTW- I guess The Wrestlerreally did blow Rourke back up. He’s had more plastic surgery than Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in recent years, which makes him look rather ridiculous, but the man is getting more and more work it seems.)