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Gina Carano Cast in Female Version of The Expendables

The Grey producer Adi Shankar has already lined up the first woman for his female take on The Expendables, and somewhat unsurprisingly it’s Gina Carano.

The former mixed martial artist has made quite a name for herself in Hollywood over the past year. Steven Soderbergh took her under his wing in 2009 for the thriller Haywire, and that role gave her a chance to show off her impressive skills as an action heroine when it finally came out last year. Carano went on to land roles in In the Blood and Fast & Furious 6 before getting this big part.

Variety broke the news about Carano’s casting, and we’re sure she’ll just be one of many actresses who join the project. Dutch Southern is writing the as-yet-untitled movie, and Shankar said he never planned to make the movie without Carano.

“I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it,” he told Variety. “It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba.”

Meanwhile, The Expendables 2 director Simon West is also on board with a female version of The Expendables, and has said has plenty of ideas if his bosses at Lionsgate ever approached him about it.

“I like the idea of the Expenda-Belles where it’s seven or eight women mercenaries. It would be Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great,” he told E! Online last month. “It would be running parallel [to The Expendables]. They would meet up and then they would fight and they would join up and save each other.”


  • sandwich eater

    This sounds cool, but the Expendables was all about uniting those male action stars.  There are not a whole lot of actresses who are known especially for action movies (Gina Carano is one of them).  Usually the actresses who do appear in action movies have diverse careers.  The women listed in the last paragraph have all been in action movies, but they aren’t known just for their action movie roles.

  • Vorrin

    Female Expendables wish-list: Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton (those 2 could fill the Schwarzennegger/Willis guest spots), Michelle Yeoh, Carrie Anne Moss, Milla Jovovich, Uma Thurman, Lucy Lawless, Jennifer Garner, Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Honorable Mentions: Peta Wilson, Bridget Fonda, Eliza Dushku, Summer Glau, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, Lena Heady

  • Michael J

    lol.Oh, wait you were serious? 

  • pDUB

    if it actually get entitles as “The Expenda-Belles,” that would make my year.

  • JP

    a female action movie? It could be the greatest movie ever but will still bomb big time.

  • Monkeyhelpertrainer

    ^Tell that to Alien, the Underworld and Resident Evil franchises, and the Hunger Games!

  • Connery

    What is it with women needing to take everything away from men? The Expendables was supposed to be an action movie for men who missed the way action movies used to be.You want an idea for a female Expendables movie? Show me, without breaking away, how the 100 pound “action hero” loads the immediately unconcious male character onto a truck or plane by herself. Not only do you get a 90 minute movie to end with “to be continued”, you’ve got the sequals “Still Trying” and  “Almost There” already written for you.

  • orphan

    Oh goody another bad film that will show how violent and stupid women can be just like men.If they took the money wasted on this crap and just gave to the rest of us we would all be much farther along.We’ve come such a long way.

  • John DeYoung

    Expendables 3: The Woman’s Touch