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Sylvester Stallone has a big vision when it comes to casting The Expendables series. After an impressive roster in the first film, he added names like Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Scott Adkins for the second, but he’s not finished yet. For The Expendables 3, he has his sights set on Nicolas Cage, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and the return of Mickey Rourke.
“We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two,” Stallone told the Spanish newspaper El Pais (via Collider). “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.”
Most of the names on the above list have been mentioned before, but this is confirmation of Cage’s involvement. He’s also signed on to headline a big-budget, pop corn version of the Left Behind books.
Rourke’s involvement remains sketchy. When the project was first announced, producer Avi Lerner said he’d like to see Rourke return even though his character’s death is what sets the sequel into motion. In early October, Rourke himself addressed rumors of his involvement in the film by saying, “They’re making shit up.”