Last week at the American Film Market, Nu Image and Millennium Films announced that they would be moving forward in the Expendables action series with part three. Rumors have been circulating about the project for some time, but there was still some question about its future. The second film, which was just released this summer, didn't manage to break box office records set by the first installment, but it did top $200 million in the foreign market. It's also pretty clear that fans of the "retired" action heroes are excited about the series regardless of numbers. After an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, director and star Sylvester Stallone revealed a bit of casting news that has us imagining the absurd and highly quotable. It seems as though Stallone has cast "master actor" Nicolas Cage in the third Expendables movie. A translated passage from the interview was posted on website Film Stage:
"We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group. Hopefully we can realize to Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke. That is the great mission of the producer. We will continue with the same narrative scheme, the agility and the frenzy, which are inherent to the saga. What will definitely be the last? I cannot guarantee. In principle it would be two deliveries, but the affection of the people encouraged us to work on a third. I guess as long as we amused ourselves by offering fun and people, we can continue playing The Expendables. For now we are not as expendable as it should and as some critics want."
So Stallone is still trying to nab Ford (it's hard to imagine the cranky actor saying yes), Snipes (he's currently in jail for failing to file tax returns), and Rourke, but your hankering for mumbling, muscle-bound megastars in the twilight of their careers should be temporarily satisfied with this tidbit. We're already pitching titles for the third film. So far, Expendables 3: The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Expendables 3: Spirit of Vengeance, Expendables 3: Drive Angry all work for us. What about you?