Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Expendables 2 casting update
From denofgeek, Jet Li won’t be in the sequel to The Expendables, we understand. So who’s going to be replacing him?
Published on Aug 24, 2011
Production starts in October on the The Expendables 2, the sequel to the Sylvester Stallone-directed coming together of lots of big action stars in one movie. You might remember we talked about it a lot at the time.
The sequel is following a similar theme, although Stallone has dropped out of directing this one, concentrating on script duties instead. Simon West will be helming the film, and if he can capture half of the majesty of his immortal action flick, Con Air, then there’ll be an awful lot to look forward to.
He’ll have to do without one of the three main stars of the first film, though, as Jet Li won’t be returning for The Expendables 2, it seems. But in his place? It might just by Donnie Yen.
Over at Twitch Film, the site is reporting that Yen has been offered a role in the film by producer Avi Lerner. Yen, at this stage, appears non-committal on the project, with the IP Man star set to choose between a couple of different offers, it seems. A decision should be forthcoming soon, though, and we expect the rest of the cast to fall into place quickly.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris are amongst the names expected to feature in the movie this time around. And The Expendables 2 is set for release next August.