Sharing his thoughts from his own personal Facebook page, the action icon confirmed that Nicolas Cage will be taking on a major role in this latest adventure. He also confirmed that the inclusion of Harrison Ford is no joke, with an eye firmly on Wesley Snipes and the hopeful return of Mickey Rourke. There is no mention of Steven Seagal, who is notoriously hard to work with, and Clint Eastwood seems to be out of the running (maybe he really is too old for this sh*t. or maybe they are saving up for Part 4).
Here's what Sylvester Stallone had to say.
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.
What this essentially means is that they will keep making these as long as people keep going to see them. The Expendables has become a bonafide action franchise not locked into the usual trilogy. John Woo is currently being eyed to direct this latest installment, with Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham confirmed to return.
The Expendables 3 comes to theaters August 15th, 2014 and stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford. The film is directed by Patrick Hughes.