"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."
There you have it, no mention of the president being involved like some of us speculated but it sounds like we'll see a team led by Mel Gibson vs The Expendables! The relationship between Barney Ross and "Stonebanks" reminds me of John Matrix vs Bennett in Commando ("he enjoyed killing too much") Now the question is which side are each of the new cast members on?
The press release also lists the cast for the movie:
"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."
So it seems that Jackie Chan, Nicholas Cage, Mickey Rourke and Milla Jovovich are all out. It's also worth noting that although Robert Davi was said to be in the movie only a few days ago his name doesn't appear here, which could suggest that the list isn't 100% accurate or that he only has a small part.
Here we have the filming details:
"Patrick Hughes (RED HILL) will direct the film, with veteran Dan Bradley (The BOURNE franchise; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, QUANTUM OF SOLACE) directing the second unit. THE EXPENDABLES 3 is written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, who previously teamed on OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, and Sylvester Stallone. Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon are producing THE EXPENDABLES 3. Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are executive producing. Lionsgate will release THE EXPENDABLES 3 in North America and the UK on August 15, 2014."
We also have the first photos from the set of EX3, we can see them unpacking what looks to be a PKM and .50 cal machine-gun and it appears that Stallone doesn't have a beard or mustache like he did in the first two movies:
Lastly, we have a video here about a police officer from Australia who had the chance to arm wrestle Stallone once on TV. He claimed he won (Stallone says he cheated) and now 25 years later he wants a rematch with the possible prize of a part in Expendables 3 if he wins:
Lots of new information has come to light about Expendables 3 so please leave your comments and let us know what you think. Also if you haven't yet read our previous update that was posted earlier today, you can click here for information on Wesley Snipes possible role in EX3, Van Damme's thoughts on 'Triple Impact' and the final winner of our Action Star Tournament!