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Gina Carano is the first to sign on for the all female version of The Expendables

09.26.2012

We have been hearing rumors of a female EXPENDABLES movie for a while now but now Variety has confirmed it is coming and Gina Carano will star.

The all lady action movie will be produced by Adi Shankar's 1984 Private Defense Contractors (worst name for a production company ever?) and will be written by Dutch Southern. Shankar has also produced THE GREY, DREDD 3D, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, and Thomas Jane's Punisher short film DIRTY LAUNDRY.

"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. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba," said Shankar,

There are numerous female action stars who would be perfect for this movie. While Carano is the only official name at this point, Shankar could end up pursuing Cynthia Rothrock, Bridgette Nielsen, Jennifer Garner, Lucy Lawless, Lena Headley, Zoe Saldana, Zhang Ziyi, Linda Hamilton, Summer Glau, Angelina Jolie, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Rodriguez, or Sharon Stone.

I think this EXPENDA-BELLES idea could be interesting as long as it doesn't turn into a joke of itself. Women are vastly underused in action roles and seeing classics and young upstarts kick ass together would be hot. And awesome. But mostly hot.

Extra Tidbit: Which actresses not listed above would you consider for the EXPENDA-BELLES team?
Source: Variety

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6:42PM on 09/29/2012
I wonder how many topless scenes will be there if this got made?
I wonder how many topless scenes will be there if this got made?
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1:25PM on 09/28/2012

hokey

thatís all it is. None of them ever were action stars, most if not all never will be. Itís just like Columbiana, letís not pretend girls who are mostly vegans and weight 97lbs is gonna kick any ass, unless its other emaciated chicks who they would be kicking. Just like there are no female green berets or female navy seals or female marines. This idea jumped the shark by just being mentioned. But I will say having an occasional woman kick-ass is always fun to watch, just not 90+ minutes of it,
thatís all it is. None of them ever were action stars, most if not all never will be. Itís just like Columbiana, letís not pretend girls who are mostly vegans and weight 97lbs is gonna kick any ass, unless its other emaciated chicks who they would be kicking. Just like there are no female green berets or female navy seals or female marines. This idea jumped the shark by just being mentioned. But I will say having an occasional woman kick-ass is always fun to watch, just not 90+ minutes of it, thatís where it becomes unbelievable.
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10:00PM on 09/27/2012
Female empowerment fantasies are hilarious!
Female empowerment fantasies are hilarious!
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2:28PM on 09/27/2012

Brown chicken-Brown cow!

Mmmmm... Carano. I've got the weirdest thing for this woman... There's something about a woman that hot who can snap my neck like a twig that is so freakin hot. Unfortunately, female action stars are harder to come by than male, but I can't imagine not seeing Yeoh, Weaver, Thurman, and Saldana. There are a lot of others that have decent action chops, but I may have trouble taking them seriously in a movie like this. I guess it depends on the tone. Expendables was like an 80's pulp action
Mmmmm... Carano. I've got the weirdest thing for this woman... There's something about a woman that hot who can snap my neck like a twig that is so freakin hot. Unfortunately, female action stars are harder to come by than male, but I can't imagine not seeing Yeoh, Weaver, Thurman, and Saldana. There are a lot of others that have decent action chops, but I may have trouble taking them seriously in a movie like this. I guess it depends on the tone. Expendables was like an 80's pulp action film, with all the cheesy humor that came with it. If they're going for a serious film, I think a lot are gonna have to be overlooked, but if they're going for that pulp feel, I could see a lot more names making it into the fold.
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12:37PM on 09/27/2012

extra tidbit

LUCY LIU
Uma Thurman
Kate Beckinsale
Sarah Michelle Gellar
LUCY LIU
Uma Thurman
Kate Beckinsale
Sarah Michelle Gellar
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11:58AM on 09/27/2012

Could be fun

But I'm shocked Kate Beckinsale hasn't been listed. One of the first I thought of
But I'm shocked Kate Beckinsale hasn't been listed. One of the first I thought of
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11:00AM on 09/27/2012
i think Yvonne Strahovski can fit the bill nicely
i think Yvonne Strahovski can fit the bill nicely
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9:50AM on 09/27/2012
Extra Tidbit: Zoe Bell!! (Angel Of Death, Death Proof)... She is tough as nails! She makes a great action heroine due to her being a stunt woman. So she comes off as the same style as Carano. I really dig watching her movies, only wish she were in more. Her and Carano in a movie together, would be fire.
Extra Tidbit: Zoe Bell!! (Angel Of Death, Death Proof)... She is tough as nails! She makes a great action heroine due to her being a stunt woman. So she comes off as the same style as Carano. I really dig watching her movies, only wish she were in more. Her and Carano in a movie together, would be fire.
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12:05PM on 09/28/2012
Sounds like the kind of stand-alone project I could support.
Sounds like the kind of stand-alone project I could support.
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3:18AM on 09/27/2012
I may be the minority here,
but i dont think a female expendables would be good.. Its nice to think about, and sure its fun to cast the rolls but i dont think if it came to fruition i would support it. Plus, the whole point of the EX was proven old action stars, and Gina isn't proven, or an old action star, so why is she the star?
I may be the minority here,
but i dont think a female expendables would be good.. Its nice to think about, and sure its fun to cast the rolls but i dont think if it came to fruition i would support it. Plus, the whole point of the EX was proven old action stars, and Gina isn't proven, or an old action star, so why is she the star?
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2:25AM on 09/27/2012
Really don't want a female EX. Would rather a great female action movie. It can be done! Ronin car chases with Strike Back-like gunfights! EX is trash. Give me Carano slicing throats John Clark style. Also throughout Haywire I just wanted to see her tits, seriously. Tone her down with more clothing.
Really don't want a female EX. Would rather a great female action movie. It can be done! Ronin car chases with Strike Back-like gunfights! EX is trash. Give me Carano slicing throats John Clark style. Also throughout Haywire I just wanted to see her tits, seriously. Tone her down with more clothing.
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10:52PM on 09/26/2012

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Angela Bassett
Jessica Alba
Demi Moore
Hahaha Grace Jones!!
Angela Bassett
Jessica Alba
Demi Moore
Hahaha Grace Jones!!
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9:59PM on 09/26/2012
Milla Jovovich, Geena Davis, and Maggie Q. Make it a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight. This would be better instead of following the trend of bloated Geri-action stars in a movie with no plot (ie. The Expandables).
Milla Jovovich, Geena Davis, and Maggie Q. Make it a sequel to The Long Kiss Goodnight. This would be better instead of following the trend of bloated Geri-action stars in a movie with no plot (ie. The Expandables).
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9:55PM on 09/26/2012
Sarah Michelle Gellar! This team NEEDS the vampire slayer!
Sarah Michelle Gellar! This team NEEDS the vampire slayer!
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9:34PM on 09/26/2012
I'm not against Carano being in it. She could become quite a niche actress with all these roles coming her way. I'm more concerned about making a female Expendables movie. I get it, Expendables is hot right now. But why not call it a female Magnificent Seven, or Wild Bunch or something that actually had something of a story built into it. The Expendables is just a bunch of guys, string 'em along, put some semblance of plot in there, print it, and watch the fans go wild. Half the actresses here
I'm not against Carano being in it. She could become quite a niche actress with all these roles coming her way. I'm more concerned about making a female Expendables movie. I get it, Expendables is hot right now. But why not call it a female Magnificent Seven, or Wild Bunch or something that actually had something of a story built into it. The Expendables is just a bunch of guys, string 'em along, put some semblance of plot in there, print it, and watch the fans go wild. Half the actresses here aren't even bankable on their own.

I do like they are thinking of bringing back Jennifer Garner, though. It'd be interesting to see how well she can still do the fights.
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9:26PM on 09/26/2012

Why is she the Lead?

Randy Couture wasn't the lead in The Expendables, he was support. And rightfully so, Lundgren, Stallone, etc. were the pioneers of that cheesy action genre. She does NOT deserve a lead role. The female action stars that have been around for two whole decades DO.
Randy Couture wasn't the lead in The Expendables, he was support. And rightfully so, Lundgren, Stallone, etc. were the pioneers of that cheesy action genre. She does NOT deserve a lead role. The female action stars that have been around for two whole decades DO.
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9:06PM on 09/26/2012

Sarah Michelle Gellar...

If Lucy Lawless and some of the others mentioned are being considered, why no Buffy. She defined the strong female on television much more that Xena. Heck, even Eliza Dushku would be better. Sorry if my spelling is off, but aside from cast this movie isn't going to be able to fall back on set pieces. I agree with the comment below, it's going to need one heck of a story and a decent director. It'll also be harder to be campy with females. Not fair, but true.
If Lucy Lawless and some of the others mentioned are being considered, why no Buffy. She defined the strong female on television much more that Xena. Heck, even Eliza Dushku would be better. Sorry if my spelling is off, but aside from cast this movie isn't going to be able to fall back on set pieces. I agree with the comment below, it's going to need one heck of a story and a decent director. It'll also be harder to be campy with females. Not fair, but true.
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9:56PM on 09/26/2012
I didn't see your post, but hell yeah.
I didn't see your post, but hell yeah.
8:56PM on 09/26/2012
This makes me very happy psychologically and in my pants.
This makes me very happy psychologically and in my pants.
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8:20PM on 09/26/2012
Unless those ladies (besides Carano) beef up and learn how to believably throw a punch I ain't buyin this at all.
Unless those ladies (besides Carano) beef up and learn how to believably throw a punch I ain't buyin this at all.
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8:06PM on 09/26/2012

I clicked on that homepage pic so fast I almost went back in time. Also title should be: The Menstruals

And there's no high res version waiting for me. :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

I like her. I don't know why it has to be a female version of The Expandables. It's not like that premise was in any way complicated. Just make a new movie with her and try and make it good and have fun. And have her naked in it. Covered in oil. Johnny Caging another woman. Maybe just topless for that actually...we wouldn't want her banging her snizz on the ground.
And there's no high res version waiting for me. :(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(:(

I like her. I don't know why it has to be a female version of The Expandables. It's not like that premise was in any way complicated. Just make a new movie with her and try and make it good and have fun. And have her naked in it. Covered in oil. Johnny Caging another woman. Maybe just topless for that actually...we wouldn't want her banging her snizz on the ground.
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6:43PM on 09/26/2012
give me a fucking break... a female version of the Expendables? Not only is this a horrible idea.. but a waste of money for the studio.. cuz nobody is going to go see that pile of shit...
give me a fucking break... a female version of the Expendables? Not only is this a horrible idea.. but a waste of money for the studio.. cuz nobody is going to go see that pile of shit...
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6:37PM on 09/26/2012

interested...

Rhonda Mitra....Doomsday, an Underworld to her credit, and currently kicking ass in Cinemax's second season of Strike Back....
Rhonda Mitra....Doomsday, an Underworld to her credit, and currently kicking ass in Cinemax's second season of Strike Back....
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6:29PM on 09/26/2012
I love actresses. I love these actresses. And I looove Expendables 1 & 2.
But I'm not interested in "EXPENDA-BELLES".
I love actresses. I love these actresses. And I looove Expendables 1 & 2.
But I'm not interested in "EXPENDA-BELLES".
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5:46PM on 09/26/2012
How is everyone forgetting Foxy Brown herself, Pam Grier?!
How is everyone forgetting Foxy Brown herself, Pam Grier?!
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5:48PM on 09/26/2012
no doubt!
no doubt!
5:41PM on 09/26/2012
That's an awful list. We need some tough looking bitches.
Cťcile De France from High Tension
Agathe de La Boulaye from AVP
Jennifer Garner is trash. She was trash in Elektra. No offense to Alias (which I never saw), but I did see pieces of Elektra, ugh. Should get chicks that look like they can thrown down. Summer Glau and Zoe Saldana do not fit this category even though I like both.

Lena Headley is a good pick. Two real ball busters from True Blood, Jessica Tuck and Kristin Bauer van
That's an awful list. We need some tough looking bitches.
Cťcile De France from High Tension
Agathe de La Boulaye from AVP
Jennifer Garner is trash. She was trash in Elektra. No offense to Alias (which I never saw), but I did see pieces of Elektra, ugh. Should get chicks that look like they can thrown down. Summer Glau and Zoe Saldana do not fit this category even though I like both.

Lena Headley is a good pick. Two real ball busters from True Blood, Jessica Tuck and Kristin Bauer van Straten, would consider them.

Oh and Starbuck, she's perfect for a movie like this. Khandi Alexander from Treme as well!
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9:29PM on 09/26/2012
Alias kicked ass the first couple of seasons, and she was a big part of it. But Cecile De France would be a great choice.
Alias kicked ass the first couple of seasons, and she was a big part of it. But Cecile De France would be a great choice.
5:28PM on 09/26/2012
Well the only reason the Expendables worked is cause it put a lot of 80's action stars together in movies that hadn't worked together before. People were always saying they would love to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger in a movie, so when it happend we couldn't wait to see it. I don't really think people are as excited to see 80's action women in one movie together, so for this to work were gonna need a good director, and a good story! I'm not saying that I'm not into it cause if it looks good
Well the only reason the Expendables worked is cause it put a lot of 80's action stars together in movies that hadn't worked together before. People were always saying they would love to see Stallone and Schwarzenegger in a movie, so when it happend we couldn't wait to see it. I don't really think people are as excited to see 80's action women in one movie together, so for this to work were gonna need a good director, and a good story! I'm not saying that I'm not into it cause if it looks good I'll definitely see it!
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5:22PM on 09/26/2012

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Jane Lynch
Jane Lynch
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5:18PM on 09/26/2012

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Leather-suited Carrie-Anne Moss
Leather-suited Carrie-Anne Moss
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5:10PM on 09/26/2012

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Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
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5:01PM on 09/26/2012
I'm all for this, but can we please get actual actresses that are good at what they do and are important to action movies? The Expendables, I thought was utter shit. Any movie that has Jason Statham being billed as a "Great action star" and doesn't have Jackie Chan in it is a laugh.
I'm all for this, but can we please get actual actresses that are good at what they do and are important to action movies? The Expendables, I thought was utter shit. Any movie that has Jason Statham being billed as a "Great action star" and doesn't have Jackie Chan in it is a laugh.
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5:44PM on 09/26/2012
I agree with you, but EX wasn't the kind of movie Jackie Chan is made for. They're rolling around with guns and explosions, all very Hollywood. The kind of movie Statham has been doing for the last decade. In fact, Jackie Chan would be better off doing an all-star Hong Kong Expendables.
I agree with you, but EX wasn't the kind of movie Jackie Chan is made for. They're rolling around with guns and explosions, all very Hollywood. The kind of movie Statham has been doing for the last decade. In fact, Jackie Chan would be better off doing an all-star Hong Kong Expendables.
7:22PM on 09/26/2012
Jackie Chan doesn't do action films anymore and with Jet Li, it's not like the movie was without asian stars.
Jackie Chan doesn't do action films anymore and with Jet Li, it's not like the movie was without asian stars.
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