The fun thing about "The Expendables" franchise is seeing which old-school action stars are coming back for the next installments. The first movie was a big time celebration of the excess of action movies with Sylvester Stallone teaming with Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and more for a huge action extravaganza. They even brought in DTV star Eric Roberts to play the bad guy and had Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in minor roles.
With the second movie, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Scott Adkins joined the fun, with Schwarzenegger upping his role. The third movie hits this year with Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas and Wesley Snipes reliving their action days. Now, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan said on Tuesday that he would welcome the chance to join the franchise. With that said, here are three more names that need to join up to make the lineup complete.
There might not have been a bigger action star at the end of the 90s than Nic Cage. He had a three-shot of action brilliance with "The Rock," "Face/Off" and "Con-Air," and those three movies stand up well with films by anyone in the first three "Expendables" movies. Cage was rumored to be appearing in the third film, but it never came to pass and there has to be hopes that he will finally show up in the fourth movie.
Unlike Cage, there is almost no chance that Seven Seagal will ever appear in "The Expendables" movie world. Seagal ranks up there with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme when it comes to action movie royalty. However, Seagal has said in interviews that he won't do an "Expendables" because of not liking some of the people involved. Seagal really should check his ego and take one run for the fans, but don't expect it.
If for no other reason than "Escape from New York," Kurt Russell would fit in perfectly with the names that have made the series great so far. Russell still looks like he could fit in with the other cast members and could easily fall right back into the role he perfected as Snake Plissken. Plus, he has the brilliant "Big Trouble in Little China" in his past as well.