Kelsey Grammer Replaces Nicolas Cage in ‘The Expendables 3’

The ‘Transformers 4’ star is closing a deal to play Bonaparte, a former mercenary who helps Sylvester Stallone and his team on their mission.

Kelsey Grammer takes Nicolas Cage's role in The Expendables 3
Kelsey Grammer takes Nicolas Cage's role in The Expendables 3
Nicolas Cage was just one of the numerous actors rumored to be up for a role in The Expendables 3, although the actor himself said it was 'unlikely' that he would star in the sequel back in June. Today, we have word that Kelsey Grammer is closing a deal to take over Nicolas Cage's role in the action sequel.

If his deal is finalized, Kelsey Grammer will portray an ex-mercenary named Bonaparte, who teams up with Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and the rest of his highly-trained crew on their latest mission. He joins returning stars Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Jet Li and Terry Crews, along with franchise newcomers Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Milla Jovovich, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Harrison Ford and Mel Gibson.

Patrick Hughes is directing from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone and Richard Wenk. Production is currently under way in Belgrade, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Kelsey Grammer will next be seen in Transformers: Age of Extinction, arriving in theaters June 27, 2014. The actor also signed on to star in an untitled FX comedy series alongside Martin Lawrence.

The Expendables 3 was released August 15th, 2014 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes.

Sources: Deadline

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  1. CBF

    Good cuz Nicolas Cage can't act to save his life.

    1 year agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  2. gumperman

    How can he replace Nicolas Cage when he was never even cast in the first place?

    2 years agoby @gumpermanFlag

  3. skywise

    Strange choice but I like it!

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. WongFu

    For some reason I can see him as Priest or Lambert from Splinter Cell.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  5. undeadslayer4

    @Number1Wolverine well look at the bright side at least ford in the movie

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag


    Would have been cool to see Nick in Expendables 3, but Kelsey isn't a bad replacement, and who knows maybe Nick will change his mind and join the cast in Expendables 4 because we all know there will be a 4th movie in the series.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  7. Clint

    I like Kelsey but was it ever reported what Cage's reason for not joining the cast was, assuming an offer was made? Last I checked, he could use a box office check that doesn't bounce.

    2 years agoby @pack-rulz1978Flag

  8. thedude-abides

    Well. There goes my main reason for wanting to see this..

    2 years agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  9. Brizzy

    Nice recast!

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  10. SpideR-OnE

    Go Frasier Crane :D i thing Grammer will make more expressive character then Cage(looking at few last productions) in that kind of movie.

    2 years agoby @spider-oneFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    That's a shame. The role would have helped Cage out. A loss, in a way, but at this point, Grammer is a step up.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. AgentBlue

    WOW I didnt see that coming man I wish Cage accepted he would have been cool in this film.

    2 years agoby @agentblueFlag

  13. Cheetoboy

    What in the world would make Nicolas Cage deny this part? Anyways I'm curious to see what Kelsey Grammar will do with this role, still hope Jackie Chan and Milla Jovovich signs on

    2 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  14. WongFu

    How about Vin Diesel and Paul Walker?

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  15. TheDude1

    @bane5000 Dudikoff would be awesome to see in an Expendables movie but then again so would Christopher Lambert. There are so many great action stars to add to the cast that they won't be running out of actors anytime soon.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  16. TheDude1

    It will be great to see Grammer on the big screen in this role. Finally getting out of his funk because of his political views those in Hollywood disliked.

    2 years agoby @thedude1Flag

  17. artkid04

    @pjwolsker I just find Kelsey Grammer a weird choice, and anyways I thought nicholas cage was only rumoured for the part

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  18. Pjwolsker

    @artkid04 well they cant help it if someone leaves or gets replaced

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  19. Bane5000

    I wouldve accepted the dude from the American Ninja films than Frasier...Guy fought with a bucket on his head...Where is Michael Dudikoff when u need him? :D

    2 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  20. Ghostman

    @brady1138 Are you kidding me? I think this third film has a great cast.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  21. LuxoIII

    What?! First Harrison Ford replaces Willis now THIS?! I think Expendables 2 was the closest to what Stallone was initially aiming at.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  22. artkid04

    this is getting weird, I thought these movies were about brining action icons together, guess thats changed now

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

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