Lionsgate and Millennium Films began principal photography August 19th on “The Expendables 3,” the third installment of “The Expendables” franchise. The announcement was made jointly by Lionsgate and Millennium. The production is shooting on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia.
“The Expendables 3” will feature Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.
Patrick Hughes (“Red Hill”) is directing from a script by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (“Olympus Has Fallen”) and Sylvester Stallone. Veteran stuntman and second unit director Dan Bradley (The “Bourne” franchise; “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,” “Quantum of Solace”) is directing the all-important second unit.
According to the official plot synopsis:
In ‘The Expendables 3,’ Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
The first two installments of “The Expendables” have grossed nearly $600 million in combined global box office. Lionsgate will release “The Expendables 3” in North America and the UK on August 15, 2014.