Namtar here rolling his eyes …
Sylvester Stallone has finally “Nuked the Fridge.” It is reported that Sly has recently seen Twilight’s Taylor Lautner in his soon to be released movie “Abduction.” He was impressed by Lautner’s physique, and how well he can handle himself executing action sequences and stunt work. It doesn’t hurt a film by adding a young Hollywood star that has a huge fan following either.
Other recent rumors have hit the Internet regarding “The Expendables 2.” The cast and crew want to shoot some scenes in China, but still must go through a gaggle of red tape to get permits. A deal may be struck with a Chinese distributor in order to shoot the scenes in the country, which will also make it easier for the film to be released in the country next year.
Other actors are being courted for parts in the sequel. Martial artist Donnie Yen (“Ip Man”) may have a role, but he still wants to see if the script appeals to him. Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lambert, and Christian Slater are some of the other actors that are sitting high on the list for potential cast members. All of them bring a fan base with them, which means more bodies in theater seats, but it does sound like a “too many cooks spoil the soup” scenario.
This still could be a fun venture, but the script has to be topnotch to handle this many characters. It does sound like an “Oceans Thirteen” film, but no one will know which direction this feature will head until production is in full swing. Stallone definitely wants to top the star power and potential of the first “The Expendables” film.
Note: John Travolta and Chuck Norris have not officially signed on to the film.
“The Expendables 2” is currently in pre-production. The film is due in theaters on August 17, 2012. The film will star Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Charisma Carpenter, Terry Crews, Steve Austin, Randy Couture, Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Travolta, and Chuck Norris. David Agosto and Ken Kaufman wrote the screenplay. Simon West (“Con Air”) directs.
Namtar’s secret thought.
Lautner can always play the part of a tree. His performances have been wooden enough!