Returning Cast: Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Terry Crews (Hale Ceaser), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen)
New Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme (Unknown Villain)
Unconfirmed/Rumored Cast: Jet Li (Yin Yang), Mickey Rourke (Tool), Bruce Willis (Mr. Church), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trent Mauser), Steve Austin (Dan Paine), Tom Sizemore (Unknown Villain), Charlie Sheen, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Dwayne Johnson
*NOTE ON JASON STATHAM*
If you've been following closely you'll notice I didn't have Jason Statham listed as an official cast member before now and I realized that was just pretty dumb on my part. He's mentioned in numerous interviews he's game to return and Stallone has mentioned him as a part of the film. Yes there has been no released OFFICIAL confirmation, but I think we can all safely say Jason will be back as Lee Christmas.
I will get to it in more detail later in the article, but a while back a plot summary for Expendables 2 was released that Sylvester Stallone came out and said was either partially or entirely untrue. If that plot summary had proven true, it would have seen for certain the return of Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis to the cast. However, for the time being, without knowing the true validity of the plot summary, we must say nothing is confirmed involving Rourke and Willis. Next to nothing has been menitoned about Jet Li and I would say he is the strongest candidate TO NOT RETURN. We know Sly wants both Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger on board Expendables 2 in larger roles but their availablity to take on such roles remains in question for now.
A long while back Bruce Willis came out and said that Sly wanted to bring back Steve Austin to reprise his role as Dan Paine in the sequel. Well he'd either have to come back as extra crispy or with a twin brother. Either way I wouldn't put a whole lot of stock in it, its possible but I say highly unlikely. Tom Sizemore revealed in a recent interview that Sly had asked him to come on board to play a villain in Expendables 2. I've only heard this information from one source and haven't been able to get a confirmation from Sizemore's camp so chalk this one up as rumor for now with a stronger then average chance of being true.
Lastly, we have Charlie Sheen, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris and Dwayne Johnson. The Charlie Sheen rumor goes back a long time now, Sly apparently wants Sheen to play a C.I.A agent that was in pursuit of Mr. Church (Bruce Willis). Will we see it? Sheen and Sly are apparently good friends and it might be a chance for Sheen to repair his image a bit but we shall have to wait this one out. Meanwhile, Seagal, Norris and Johnson are all just pure rumour, their names have all been mentioned dozens of times but we've heard nothing definitive for any of them. On a personal note, I WANT DWAYNE JOHNSON in this movie, his humour and action ablilites are perfect for The Expendables and my fingers are crossed that Sly can find him a role.
Director: Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic)
Writers: David Agosto & Ken Kaufman (Space Cowboys) & Sylvester Stallone
As I mentioned above, it was a roller coaster ride involving Sylvester Stallone, will he direct or won't he? As it turns out HE WON'T and Simon West who has brought us such films as Con Air, Tomb Raider, The General's Daughter and most recently The Mechanic starring Jason Statham, will be our director. Personally I think Simon West is a strong choice and he will have Sly there to guide him to ensure the spirit of the first film remains intact and the franchise can continue to grow.
David Agosto & Ken Kaufman? Who? Yeah that's just what I said. They certainly aren't the most recognizable names and knowing they wrote the film Space Cowboys doesn't get my blood pumping, but that doesn't mean they can't deliver a solid script for us. I really don't know enough about them to pass judgement either way but as was the case with the direction, David & Ken will be working closely with Sly so we should get something solid story wise.
When Sly first began posting on TWITTER, he revealed he wanted Bruce Willis back to play a 'super villain' in the sequel. The idea sounded totally awesome to me and for a while that was really all we had to go on for plot. A few months back, this plot summary was revealed and it appeared to tell us all we needed to know:
Stallone, Statham, Rourke, Lundgren, Couture and Crews return as hard-edged but noble mercenaries in the second installment of Sylvester Stallone's old-school action thriller, The Expendables.
As payback for taking out the corrupt CIA agent Monroe (Eric Roberts) in the first Expendables, cagey Agent Church (Bruce Willis) forces the Expendables to do an "easy mission": retrieve a missing CIA package from Gazak, a civil war torn country in Eastern Europe.
The easy mission turns deadly when the Expendables are ambushed by a team of ruthless rival mercs, the Sangunaires, competing to get the same package. Tool (Mickey Rourke), the heart and souleof the Expendables, is brutally murdered by Vilain, the leader of the bloodthirsty guns for hire. Still, the Expendables manage to pull of the mission and return with the CIA package, but it's a hollow victory.
As their thoughts turn from grief to revenge, Tool's beautiful young daughter Fiona shows up. Cut from the same stone as her dad, she wants to join the Expendables when they hunt down Vilain and his men. Barney (Stallone) promises her the Expendables will avenge Tool's death, but will not risk putting his best friend's daughter in harm's way.
Fiona, who is young and wile, embarks on her own revenge mission, complicating matters for Barney when she is captured and ransomed by VIlain. Now Barney and the expendables must risk everything to save her, kidnapping CIA Agent Church and pulling off a daring heist of the CIA package they were hired to bring back.
When Agent Church reveals why the CIA package is so valuable to Vilain, the stakes go up even higher. Inside the package are canisters of radioactive cesium which Vilain has been tasked with releasing on the people's uprising that threatens the thirty year rule of Gazak's vicious dictator, President Dogot.
The Expendables, along with Agent Church, are now faced with an impossible mission: rescue Fiona, foil a dictator's vicious plot to kill scores of innocent people, and avenge the death of one of their own.
To me that plot sounded pretty good but Sly has come out and said its not being used for the film. We just don't know if parts of it will still remain or if in fact the whole thing has been scrapped in favor of a new idea. So for now folks, that is all we know regarding the plot.
For now, I'd say we still have more questions then answers regarding Expendables 2. The main returning cast appears to be almost fully in place, but aside from the big announcement of Jean-Claude Van Damme, we've learned nothing regarding new cast members. Sly has just begun work on his next film tentatively titled "Headshot" and once filming is closer to completion on that I think we can expect the announcements and news to come flooding in.
We do know filming on Expendables 2 is set to begin in September in Bulgaria for a planned August 17, 2012 release. So stay patient guys we should all know more very soon. Thanks for reading and I hope this got everybody up to date and answered any questions or concerns. You can follow all the news on Expendables 2 on the main page and in the Expendables 2 section HERE!!