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Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas are now officially in The Expendables 3

Aug. 9, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Holy frijoles! The cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3 just keeps, well, expanding! After the news that Bruce Willis was out and Harrison Ford was in we now have confirmation that Mel Gibson is 100% playing the villain. On top of that, Antonio Banderas is joining the crew as well!

Banderas and Stallone have appeared in the same film twice before: Richard Donner's ASSASSINS and Robert Rodriguez's SPY KIDS 3-D. It remains to be seen to what extent the actors will share the screen in THE EXPENDABLES 3, but this does fly in the face of a 2011 quote from Banderas saying he doesn't have time to appear in THE EXPENDABLES 3. Multiple actors have issued statements saying they were not going to be in THE EXPENDABLES third film from Nicolas Cage to Chuck Norris and many more. Now as the cast is growing by leaps and bounds, maybe many of them will change their minds.

All I know is the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 2 blew away the first and now the third looks even more impressive. Alongside Sylvester Stallone, THE EXPENDABLES 3 will feature Mel Gibson, Milla Jovovich, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Kellan Lutz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Randy Couture, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, Terry Crews, and Steven Seagal. The movie is slated to open August 15, 2014.

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3:13PM on 08/09/2013
Make fun of me (and down vote me) all you want, but I'm way more excited about Expendable 3 than I am for Star Wars 7.
Make fun of me (and down vote me) all you want, but I'm way more excited about Expendable 3 than I am for Star Wars 7.
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4:06PM on 08/09/2013
You won't get a down vote from me, I'm so pumped for Expendables 3. Banderas is a great addition, I've always liked him and always felt he was a bit underused in Hollywood but Gibson and Ford have me super pumped for this.
You won't get a down vote from me, I'm so pumped for Expendables 3. Banderas is a great addition, I've always liked him and always felt he was a bit underused in Hollywood but Gibson and Ford have me super pumped for this.
2:40PM on 08/09/2013
How do we officially know unless Stallone tweets with a lot of exclamation marks
How do we officially know unless Stallone tweets with a lot of exclamation marks
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8:16PM on 08/09/2013
Bruce is gonna regret not being in this
Bruce is gonna regret not being in this
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3:00PM on 08/09/2013

Spin offs

I wanna see a ton of spin offs for this series.

1. Asian Expendables - Jump off the Jackie Chan and Jet Li characters and have them form their own team/adventure in China with a bunch of asian actions stars like Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, and Steven Chow

2. Latin American Expendables - Use Banderas's character as a jump off point and use actors like Danny Trejo, Jennifer Lopez, Benicio Del Toro, and Carlos Estevez (aka Charlie Sheen)

3. Female Expedables - we've already talked about this
I wanna see a ton of spin offs for this series.

1. Asian Expendables - Jump off the Jackie Chan and Jet Li characters and have them form their own team/adventure in China with a bunch of asian actions stars like Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, and Steven Chow

2. Latin American Expendables - Use Banderas's character as a jump off point and use actors like Danny Trejo, Jennifer Lopez, Benicio Del Toro, and Carlos Estevez (aka Charlie Sheen)

3. Female Expedables - we've already talked about this one

the possibilities are endless!!
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3:33PM on 08/09/2013

For the last time; Cage is not in this

every new update on this flick this site keeps posting Cage is involved, even when you;ve confirmed from the horses mouth he isn't.
Anyhow Banderas and Ford make for some exciting additions, i was hoping they would change out some of the earlier members (besides Lundgren he's the man) so we would have room for the new additions to have substantial roles. I'm excited but really hope it doesn't just become a string of cameos, fingers crossed, this could be the best one yet!
every new update on this flick this site keeps posting Cage is involved, even when you;ve confirmed from the horses mouth he isn't.
Anyhow Banderas and Ford make for some exciting additions, i was hoping they would change out some of the earlier members (besides Lundgren he's the man) so we would have room for the new additions to have substantial roles. I'm excited but really hope it doesn't just become a string of cameos, fingers crossed, this could be the best one yet!
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4:02PM on 08/09/2013
Somehow I doubt this is the last time. I almost want them to write another Expendables article and include Cage just to see if this really is your last time mentioning it.
Somehow I doubt this is the last time. I almost want them to write another Expendables article and include Cage just to see if this really is your last time mentioning it.
4:04PM on 08/09/2013
lol agreed on two major points:

1 - Cage ain't in this and

2 - Lundgren IS the man
lol agreed on two major points:

1 - Cage ain't in this and

2 - Lundgren IS the man
7:31PM on 08/09/2013
@cerelkiller182 this actually is my first time mentioning it but im not the first person on the site to do it, hence my phrasing, but hell if thats how you get your jollys off i should start mentioning it in all non-expendables 3 articles too. Any film that Nicolas Cage is not in I'll make sure to point it out from now on!
@cerelkiller182 this actually is my first time mentioning it but im not the first person on the site to do it, hence my phrasing, but hell if thats how you get your jollys off i should start mentioning it in all non-expendables 3 articles too. Any film that Nicolas Cage is not in I'll make sure to point it out from now on!
12:53PM on 08/10/2013
Maybe some of the crew is going to get knocked off. Not Lundgen, though. He's too bad ass to die. Maybe he'll have a good solo fight scene in this one.
Maybe some of the crew is going to get knocked off. Not Lundgen, though. He's too bad ass to die. Maybe he'll have a good solo fight scene in this one.
2:44PM on 08/09/2013

I really miss Banderas in central roles....

He is one of my favorite old-school action heroes. Any news of him in a new movie is just great for me, and having Banderas with Stallone, Gibson, Jackie Chan (he's in, right?) and Co. is AWESOME! news.

P.S. I really liked ASSASSINS.
He is one of my favorite old-school action heroes. Any news of him in a new movie is just great for me, and having Banderas with Stallone, Gibson, Jackie Chan (he's in, right?) and Co. is AWESOME! news.

P.S. I really liked ASSASSINS.
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3:37PM on 08/09/2013
Very true, 'Desperado' era Banderas was the man, i miss him in action roles. This is good news.
Very true, 'Desperado' era Banderas was the man, i miss him in action roles. This is good news.
11:19PM on 08/09/2013
Sly Stallone for the new Batman?
Sly Stallone for the new Batman?
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6:58PM on 08/09/2013

THANK YOU GOD!

FInally I get the confirmation re: Mel. In the villainous role, he won't be just a cameo either like some of the other guys are likely to be, and the villain roles in this series tend to shine. Van Damme for example blew the rest of the cast off the screen in the second film. Imagine what a top notch actor like Gibson could do! And if there's one thing we can deduce from the MACHETE KILLS trailer, it's that Mel's having a blast on screen in these kinds of roles.

Thank you Sly for making it
FInally I get the confirmation re: Mel. In the villainous role, he won't be just a cameo either like some of the other guys are likely to be, and the villain roles in this series tend to shine. Van Damme for example blew the rest of the cast off the screen in the second film. Imagine what a top notch actor like Gibson could do! And if there's one thing we can deduce from the MACHETE KILLS trailer, it's that Mel's having a blast on screen in these kinds of roles.

Thank you Sly for making it happen! But watch your back, you got Mad Max coming for you!
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6:23PM on 08/09/2013
Extra Tidbit: a good script? (sorry couldn't resist)
Extra Tidbit: a good script? (sorry couldn't resist)
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9:45PM on 08/09/2013

memories are short

I love it - because nobody on this site *ever* had anything negative to say about Mel Gibson in the strike backs. Ever.
I love it - because nobody on this site *ever* had anything negative to say about Mel Gibson in the strike backs. Ever.
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6:11PM on 08/09/2013
I'm definitely excited for this news, but with all the recent additions, they need to just cut Crews and Couture. They were never action stars to begin with and they seem pretty expendable (haha) now that they have the big names signing on. Plus, they need to bring JCVD back as his twin! Other than Arnold, he was the one person I was most excited about seeing on the big screen again. And after the horrible way he was axed in #2, they need to make it right.
I'm definitely excited for this news, but with all the recent additions, they need to just cut Crews and Couture. They were never action stars to begin with and they seem pretty expendable (haha) now that they have the big names signing on. Plus, they need to bring JCVD back as his twin! Other than Arnold, he was the one person I was most excited about seeing on the big screen again. And after the horrible way he was axed in #2, they need to make it right.
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3:29PM on 08/09/2013
The party keeps getting bigger and I love it.
The party keeps getting bigger and I love it.
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4:38PM on 08/09/2013

now that's some news

Gibson and Banderas..Cool!
Willis would have been good in the mix again, but I wont miss him.
Gibson and Banderas..Cool!
Willis would have been good in the mix again, but I wont miss him.
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4:13PM on 08/09/2013

Effin A, Cotton!

This just shot way up my list. Gibson and Banderas are two of my favorite jabroni's... Thought the first Ex was ok but had a blast watching the second. Addition of these two might make it a must own!!
This just shot way up my list. Gibson and Banderas are two of my favorite jabroni's... Thought the first Ex was ok but had a blast watching the second. Addition of these two might make it a must own!!
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5:15PM on 08/09/2013

by using the word "jabroni" you must be the audience these films are looking for.

by using the word "jabroni" you must be the audience these films are looking for.
7:01PM on 08/09/2013
And by commenting on my use of the word "jabroni" you must not be.
And by commenting on my use of the word "jabroni" you must not be.
7:55PM on 08/09/2013
LADIES Let's not fight!
LADIES Let's not fight!
10:25PM on 08/09/2013
Banderas is a pretty kickass addition to this crew. Hadn't thought of him before, but I've gotta say that rocks.
Banderas is a pretty kickass addition to this crew. Hadn't thought of him before, but I've gotta say that rocks.
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7:08PM on 08/09/2013
Extra tidbit: Carl Weathers and Michael Dudikoff.
Extra tidbit: Carl Weathers and Michael Dudikoff.
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11:35AM on 08/10/2013
I hope all this effort by Sly is matched with a good script.
I hope all this effort by Sly is matched with a good script.
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2:53PM on 08/09/2013

Zombie Liam Hemsworth

I think the film has a solid cast as it is. Anymore and it will be a film of Chuck Norris scenes from the second one. How an action hero shows up for 1 scene and then disappears. Although i do want this series to continue on indefinitely. It could just be a revolving door of older action stars still kicking butt, I can see in 10 years time Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, and Clive Owen, and maybe 20 years down the line have guys like Dwayne Johnson, Christian Bale, and Matt Damon join the ranks.
I think the film has a solid cast as it is. Anymore and it will be a film of Chuck Norris scenes from the second one. How an action hero shows up for 1 scene and then disappears. Although i do want this series to continue on indefinitely. It could just be a revolving door of older action stars still kicking butt, I can see in 10 years time Will Smith, Keanu Reeves, and Clive Owen, and maybe 20 years down the line have guys like Dwayne Johnson, Christian Bale, and Matt Damon join the ranks.

This franchise should have 2 rules to keep going.
1) Us mostly older, established action stars
2) Give those stars the most bad ass action sequences possible
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8:48PM on 08/09/2013

Is Kellan Lutz officially on or not?

If so, that is pretty stupid. What is Stallone's sudden obsession casting no-talent young prettyboys? Before Liam Hemsworth signed on, Stallone wanted fucking Taylor Lautner for Hemsworth role! What is on Lutz's resume that makes him a fucking action star? Nothing. Twilight doesn't count.
If so, that is pretty stupid. What is Stallone's sudden obsession casting no-talent young prettyboys? Before Liam Hemsworth signed on, Stallone wanted fucking Taylor Lautner for Hemsworth role! What is on Lutz's resume that makes him a fucking action star? Nothing. Twilight doesn't count.
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4:03PM on 08/09/2013
AWESOME! Now if only they could make a better movie with all of these people. That would be something!
AWESOME! Now if only they could make a better movie with all of these people. That would be something!
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4:59PM on 08/09/2013

Nice

To bad the movies aren't that good. But I will still see it.
To bad the movies aren't that good. But I will still see it.
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4:32PM on 08/09/2013

EHHHHHH

This is a great cast. Too bad the movie that all these screen titans will appear in together will suck butt.
This is a great cast. Too bad the movie that all these screen titans will appear in together will suck butt.
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5:14PM on 08/09/2013

First one was decent, second was one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time.

To make this series PG-13 then force it to be R by adding the worst CGI effects that you would expect to come from a syfy movie of the week was a horrible move. It was just really boring and nobody had anything to do. It was like RED 2, it was fun the first time but the novelty wore off and it was stale before the second one even came out.
To make this series PG-13 then force it to be R by adding the worst CGI effects that you would expect to come from a syfy movie of the week was a horrible move. It was just really boring and nobody had anything to do. It was like RED 2, it was fun the first time but the novelty wore off and it was stale before the second one even came out.
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