Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas Join ‘Expendables 3’

Mel Gibson Antonio Banderas Expendables 3

Actioner set for Aug. 15, 2014 release

Mel Gibson and Antonio Bandera have joined Lionsgate’s “The Expendables 3.”

Sylvester Stallone first revealed the possibility of both the castings weeks ago via his Twitter account. “Mad Max Vs. Barney Ross,” Stallone Tweeted, using a reference of Gibson’s famous action hero character to hint that he would be the villain in this franchise. He later teased Banderas with “Antonio B? Could be.”

Stallone disclosed on Wednesday that Harrison Ford would replace Bruce Willis in the film — even going so far as to insult his former co-star.

SEE ALSO: Sylvester Stallone Calls Bruce Willis ‘Greedy and Lazy’ on Twitter

Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer discussed the castings during Friday’s earnings call with analysts, noting that production will start soon.

“These deals are being negotiated up to the last day,” he said. “The franchise is going to have a lot of new and exciting blood in it.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz have also committed to the sequel, due to be released Aug. 15, 2014.

The previous two “Expendables” ensemble actioners were released by Lionsgate in mid-August in 2010 and 2012 and have combined for $575 million worldwide.

Stallone announced earlier this year that Australian director Patrick Hughes would direct the third film, produced by Millennium Films. Stallone directed the first film and Simon West helmed the second.

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  1. This movie is soooooo gonna kick ass.

  2. John Freimann says:

    I can only guess that you’ve never met him. You couldn’t be more wrong.

  3. Julienne says:

    Stallone forgot to mention that Willis is also a disrespectful arrogant snob.

  4. Prana Khan says:

    Kellan Lutz? So we go from Mickey Rourke in the first film to a fashion model that starred in Twilight? Hard to wrap my head around that direction change…

  5. G. Jardoness says:

    Why not go all out on the celebrity mash-up, and have these action stars perform and appear as their signature characters? Mad Max, Zorro, The Terminator, Rocky & Rambo, John McClain (greedy bastard), Walker Texas Ranger. Throw in Sigourney Weaver, Mila Jovinovich, and Angelina Jolie… Take That, Marvel Comics!

    PS. When you do, remember my 5% ;)

  6. lotrfan says:

    Awesome!! Zorro against Rocky!!!

  7. John Freimann says:

    Mel Gibson is back? Great news!!!!

  8. G. Jardoness says:

    I love this sub-genre — Like a cross between the senior-circuit, a reality show, and an all-star game.

    Like, 1963’s, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, or 1981’s, “Cannonball Run” — but with guns. Lots and lots of guns. Frankly, way too many guns — I’d just as soon see them argue over stolen signature one-liners — but…

    If they ‘have’ to remake, “The Wild Bunch”, at some point, hopefully this kind of cast and spirit, (no pun intended) ‘just might’ make it worth seeing… And don’t forget Chuck Norris, he wrestles bears.

  9. harry georgatos says:

    Brilliant casting choices now it comes down to the quality of the script?

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