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Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz, and Milla Jovovich rumored for roles in The ExpendaBelles

Oct. 25, 2013by: Alex Maidy

As seems to be the typical outlet for news regarding THE EXPENDABLES franchise, the Bulgarian media has the scoop on three potential stars being sought for the all female version of the Sylvester Stallone series. Millennium Films head Avi Lerner has reportedly listed Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, and Meryl Streep as those being looked at for parts in the action film.

Milla and Cameron I can understand as they have both worked in action films including the RESIDENT EVIL and CHARLIE'S ANGELS series, respectively. But, would Meryl Streep really be considering a project like this? Granted, the frequently nominated actress has constantly delved into different genres and roles that go against the norm, but the last time she tried an action movie it was THE RIVER WILD with Kevin Bacon and John C. Reilly. That river-rafting flick was a fun romp but not nearly the type of action you would expect from a movie copying the formula of THE EXPENDABLES.

THE EXPENDABELLES is being written by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith who wrote LEGALLY BLONDE. If there was ever a movie that should serve as a template for an action extravaganza, it is LEGALLY BLONDE. Sweet Jesus. Hopefully we do get Streep in the picture to at least entice some other big names to join in on the fun.

Source: Deadline

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4:41PM on 10/25/2013

Michelle Rodriguez is in it too of course...

And dies
And dies
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4:47PM on 10/25/2013

pathetic

Just pathetic, unless these women Expendables are taking out women terrorist then it will be stupid, if anyone else then it becomes really stupid. Have you seen Meryl Streep walk? She is a geriatric in every sense of the word. I mean look at Harrison Ford to probably be the least out of shape actor in Expendables 3 but he is in fantastic shape, you think Meryl or even half of these 100lb chicks are gonna be doing the same stunts he was in the last Indiana Jones? This will be like that scene
Just pathetic, unless these women Expendables are taking out women terrorist then it will be stupid, if anyone else then it becomes really stupid. Have you seen Meryl Streep walk? She is a geriatric in every sense of the word. I mean look at Harrison Ford to probably be the least out of shape actor in Expendables 3 but he is in fantastic shape, you think Meryl or even half of these 100lb chicks are gonna be doing the same stunts he was in the last Indiana Jones? This will be like that scene from Spaceballs, when the stunt actor for the princess has a mustache in the action scenes in chest hair....so sad, unless its a comedy then that might just be gold!!
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7:49PM on 10/26/2013
First off, a genius comeback would only be called for if the preceding comment itself contained any amount of intelligence. Alas, such is not the case. Nevertheless, I'll try my best.
Just because Sly & co. are ripped that doesn't mean that most of the ridiculous shit they pull in the Expendables flicks is in any way realistic. Of course this ExpendaBelles shit doesn't make any sense, but I'm just saying; these are not the type of movies to be nitpicking about realism.
First off, a genius comeback would only be called for if the preceding comment itself contained any amount of intelligence. Alas, such is not the case. Nevertheless, I'll try my best.
Just because Sly & co. are ripped that doesn't mean that most of the ridiculous shit they pull in the Expendables flicks is in any way realistic. Of course this ExpendaBelles shit doesn't make any sense, but I'm just saying; these are not the type of movies to be nitpicking about realism.
1:29PM on 10/26/2013
well no Kill, its not the realism, its the actual shape of the actors, are you telling me Stallone is CGI muscle or does he really look like that, same with Statham and the rest, phenomenal shape. Do any of these chicks look like ripped or super in shape, has that ever been their calling cards as opposed to the true action stars? I will await your ingenious comeback
well no Kill, its not the realism, its the actual shape of the actors, are you telling me Stallone is CGI muscle or does he really look like that, same with Statham and the rest, phenomenal shape. Do any of these chicks look like ripped or super in shape, has that ever been their calling cards as opposed to the true action stars? I will await your ingenious comeback
7:11PM on 10/25/2013
my initial expectation is "Sucker Punch" with more famous people.
my initial expectation is "Sucker Punch" with more famous people.
5:08PM on 10/25/2013
Right, because The Expendables is a highly realistic, sober arthouse flick.
Right, because The Expendables is a highly realistic, sober arthouse flick.
5:04PM on 10/25/2013
I actually think Meryl Streep would be great as their boss or contractor. Maybe just getting in on the action when the going gets rough.
I hope somewhere along the line they cast that girl from Chocolate, the superbly entertaining female answer to Ongbak. 'Cause she's one hell of a little asskicker.
I actually think Meryl Streep would be great as their boss or contractor. Maybe just getting in on the action when the going gets rough.
I hope somewhere along the line they cast that girl from Chocolate, the superbly entertaining female answer to Ongbak. 'Cause she's one hell of a little asskicker.
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5:18PM on 10/25/2013

Ladies

You need Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, & Carrie-Ann Moss for sure too.
You need Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, & Carrie-Ann Moss for sure too.
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5:19PM on 10/25/2013
im all for more throwbacks to 80s and early 90s action but really the writers of legally blonde that worries me
im all for more throwbacks to 80s and early 90s action but really the writers of legally blonde that worries me
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5:21PM on 10/25/2013

Michelle Rodriguez is in it too of course...

And dies
And dies
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5:26PM on 10/25/2013

If you can name 5

truly good movies with female action leads, I'll send you $20 (no I won't)

just as a solo female comic hero movie will be lame, this will be lame. The Expendables aren't even good movie on their own, how is this a good idea?
truly good movies with female action leads, I'll send you $20 (no I won't)

just as a solo female comic hero movie will be lame, this will be lame. The Expendables aren't even good movie on their own, how is this a good idea?
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1:40PM on 10/26/2013
wow you guys cant name one good movie with a female lead that isn't a legacy movie? almost all of you made terrible choices, he doesn't owe yo squat. Aliens was based on a premise and Sigourney weaver was not he lead until the end it was an ensemble, same with all of them if it weren't for the Alien no one goes and watches a straight action movie with no story ala Cobra with Stallone, a shit terrible movie that was hugely successful bc of him starring in it, not Kelly Lebroch. Same with
wow you guys cant name one good movie with a female lead that isn't a legacy movie? almost all of you made terrible choices, he doesn't owe yo squat. Aliens was based on a premise and Sigourney weaver was not he lead until the end it was an ensemble, same with all of them if it weren't for the Alien no one goes and watches a straight action movie with no story ala Cobra with Stallone, a shit terrible movie that was hugely successful bc of him starring in it, not Kelly Lebroch. Same with Terminator, she is not the lead nor the reason for the movie itself as seen by the sequels without her. Crouching Tiger is a love story and a drama where the most bad ass character is the man and is mainly the star no one sees it if he isn't in it. Colombiana blew and was a bomb, minus a point for you. G.I. Jane was pure crap and a bomb as well. Hanna is based of a premise of any little girl who is a master killer, ut would have no draw if it weren't for Eric Bana. underworld was for sure based on a concept of werewolves vs vampires, would not have been success without that hitch. dawn of the Dead was an ensemble. Basically there is first Tomb Raider, Kill Bill and Long Kiss Goodnight. There is a reason wonder woman hasn't been made yet. Kill Bill is also a Tarantino Movie reverse the character as a man still a huge hit
6:44PM on 10/25/2013
- La Femme Nikita
- Aliens
- Hannah
- Dawn Of The Dead (remake)
- The Descent
- Kill Bill

You owe $80 so far...
- La Femme Nikita
- Aliens
- Hannah
- Dawn Of The Dead (remake)
- The Descent
- Kill Bill

You owe $80 so far...
6:26PM on 10/25/2013
Underworld
Aliens
Terminator 2
Colombiana
Kill Bill
Hunger Games could be argued
GI Jane
Hanna
Underworld
Aliens
Terminator 2
Colombiana
Kill Bill
Hunger Games could be argued
GI Jane
Hanna
6:07PM on 10/25/2013
Supercop... meet the cop that can't be stopped. isn't that a Jackie Chan movie? If so, having a male co-lead doesn't count. im talking standalone female action lead. Ripley and Sara Connor are basically the only characters people mention when this comes up, bc there aren't really any others.
Supercop... meet the cop that can't be stopped. isn't that a Jackie Chan movie? If so, having a male co-lead doesn't count. im talking standalone female action lead. Ripley and Sara Connor are basically the only characters people mention when this comes up, bc there aren't really any others.
5:42PM on 10/25/2013
I'll bite:
- ALIEN
- ALIENS
- TERMINATOR 2
- SUPER COP
- CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

Pay up, sucker.
I'll bite:
- ALIEN
- ALIENS
- TERMINATOR 2
- SUPER COP
- CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON

Pay up, sucker.
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5:37PM on 10/25/2013

So lame

Sooooooo lame.
Sooooooo lame.
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5:40PM on 10/25/2013

where the asians at?

Lucy Liu, Maggie Q, Zhan Ziyi, c'mon now.
Lucy Liu, Maggie Q, Zhan Ziyi, c'mon now.
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5:46PM on 10/25/2013

PASS!

I want some serious bad ass chicks....Someone get Michelle Rodriguez,Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana on the phone
I want some serious bad ass chicks....Someone get Michelle Rodriguez,Natalie Portman and Zoe Saldana on the phone
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8:18PM on 10/26/2013
Meryl Streep is badass. This is a fact, not opinion.
Meryl Streep is badass. This is a fact, not opinion.
7:15PM on 10/25/2013
Yes but I need to see the return of Mathilda
Yes but I need to see the return of Mathilda
6:45PM on 10/25/2013
As much as I love Portman shes not a badass chick, at all.
As much as I love Portman shes not a badass chick, at all.
6:07PM on 10/25/2013
I give myself a thumbs down for forgetting about Summer Glau and Kate Beckinsale
I give myself a thumbs down for forgetting about Summer Glau and Kate Beckinsale
6:45PM on 10/25/2013

Pretty weak

If Gina Carano isn't a part of this than this movie is just that much more weak. I don't need an A-list all female action movie, I could use a B-movie action movie with Milla, Gina and few others bad ass chicks apart of it. No Meryl, no Cameron please.
If Gina Carano isn't a part of this than this movie is just that much more weak. I don't need an A-list all female action movie, I could use a B-movie action movie with Milla, Gina and few others bad ass chicks apart of it. No Meryl, no Cameron please.
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6:53PM on 10/25/2013

?

Lame choices for action ladies (although decent as actress's). I remeber hearing rumors they got Carano and Sackhoff for parts which is a good start but this is just meh.
Lame choices for action ladies (although decent as actress's). I remeber hearing rumors they got Carano and Sackhoff for parts which is a good start but this is just meh.
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7:28PM on 10/25/2013
How about replacing Meryl Streep for Sigourney Weaver? And I would also like to see Beckinsale, Saldana, Jovovich, Maggie Q, Ali Larter, Carano, Uma Thurman, and Michelle Rodriguez casted as well.
How about replacing Meryl Streep for Sigourney Weaver? And I would also like to see Beckinsale, Saldana, Jovovich, Maggie Q, Ali Larter, Carano, Uma Thurman, and Michelle Rodriguez casted as well.
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7:29PM on 10/25/2013
Sigourney Weaver wouldnt exactly be in the action so why bother
Sigourney Weaver wouldnt exactly be in the action so why bother
10:27PM on 10/25/2013
Isn't this Halloween season and not April Fool's? How about the stalwarts like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Rothrock and Michelle Yeoh? I also like practically everyone The_Soloist has suggested, and would like to throw Paula Patton into the mix.
Isn't this Halloween season and not April Fool's? How about the stalwarts like Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Cynthia Rothrock and Michelle Yeoh? I also like practically everyone The_Soloist has suggested, and would like to throw Paula Patton into the mix.
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12:12AM on 10/26/2013
Expenda-bullshit.
Expenda-bullshit.
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4:33AM on 10/26/2013

It could work.

Yeah, i was also going to jump on the nay-bandwagon but then I remembered Helen Mirren in RED (haven't yet seen the sequel), and the intense acting caliber of Meryl Streep and thought to myself y'know it could work. Sure, she may not get to do (any of) the heavy action stuff but she would definetly make her presence known regardless of whose writing the screenplay.
Yeah, i was also going to jump on the nay-bandwagon but then I remembered Helen Mirren in RED (haven't yet seen the sequel), and the intense acting caliber of Meryl Streep and thought to myself y'know it could work. Sure, she may not get to do (any of) the heavy action stuff but she would definetly make her presence known regardless of whose writing the screenplay.
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6:45AM on 10/26/2013
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright need to be all over this motherfucker.
Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Joan Plowright need to be all over this motherfucker.
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8:34AM on 10/26/2013
How about some tough girls, fuck Cameron Diaz she is skinny and a shit actress.
How about some tough girls, fuck Cameron Diaz she is skinny and a shit actress.
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8:17PM on 10/26/2013
"In Her Shoes" and "The Box" (both wherein she gives wonderful performances) disagree.
"In Her Shoes" and "The Box" (both wherein she gives wonderful performances) disagree.
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11:59AM on 10/26/2013

Pam Grier

And yes, Uma. And Carano. And Beckinsale. Ticket: Sold.
And yes, Uma. And Carano. And Beckinsale. Ticket: Sold.
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1:48PM on 10/26/2013
I understand the desire for associative titles. But I cannot take the name seriously. It's just too punny. And anyway, The Expendables is an excuse for washed-up action stars to prove to theater-goers they can still bring it. That doesn't necessarily apply here.
I understand the desire for associative titles. But I cannot take the name seriously. It's just too punny. And anyway, The Expendables is an excuse for washed-up action stars to prove to theater-goers they can still bring it. That doesn't necessarily apply here.
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3:10PM on 10/26/2013
Thyis is for real? This would only work as an exploitation spoof like black dynamite. I mean, criticize Diaz and Milla all you want about some/most of their performances, they both have a couple of good performances, and are real leading ladies. That's not even mentioning Streep. Has this been in the works and ive missed it? Even the name is terrible. If they do this, they'll have to do it like this last machete, macgruber, and black dynamite (and I think BD is prolly the most financial -
Thyis is for real? This would only work as an exploitation spoof like black dynamite. I mean, criticize Diaz and Milla all you want about some/most of their performances, they both have a couple of good performances, and are real leading ladies. That's not even mentioning Streep. Has this been in the works and ive missed it? Even the name is terrible. If they do this, they'll have to do it like this last machete, macgruber, and black dynamite (and I think BD is prolly the most financial - even critically - successful movie of three, and if I'm right it's bc it had such a small budget. Cant do that with these 3 actresses and more.) The best way I'd do this is like a 15 min animated short on Cartoon Network. Or.....get these made and put in front of the expendables movies. And if 3 is the last one, put them in front of the studios other action movies, preferably mainstream theatrical releases with either Stallone, arny, stathom, or jet, but other smaller character would be fine too. I don't know what studio(s) produce expendables. Also, isn't Stallone friends with Rodriguez? He can make them all cuz they'll be so short, or more of a grind house trailer thing. Rob do 1, QT do one etc. I remember there use to be a lot more short films in front of films, mainly kids, but not really anymore. It'd get the audience hyped to watch a B action movie. Otherwise, if this movie tonally copies expendables, it will fail big time. And if they even go the parady route, it'd prolly fail to at the box office. But do 4-5 shorts, different kind of tones bc of different directors, and if ppl love them, then make a movie
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8:15PM on 10/26/2013

This sounds absolutely brilliant.

...and probably better than "The Expendables".
Jessica Lange (she'd never do it) and Helen Mirren should get in on this.
...and probably better than "The Expendables".
Jessica Lange (she'd never do it) and Helen Mirren should get in on this.
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4:47AM on 10/27/2013
"If there was ever a movie that should serve as a template for an action extravaganza, it is LEGALLY BLONDE. Sweet Jesus."
You said it Alex-yikes! As far as Stereo is concerned I can see her as some egomaniacal political villain, somewhere between her characters in Manchurian Candidate and Devil Wears Prada. I've been casting this movie in my head for some time now and I want Milla Jovovich, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Yeoh, Gina Carano, Lucy Liu, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Zang Ziyi,
"If there was ever a movie that should serve as a template for an action extravaganza, it is LEGALLY BLONDE. Sweet Jesus."
You said it Alex-yikes! As far as Stereo is concerned I can see her as some egomaniacal political villain, somewhere between her characters in Manchurian Candidate and Devil Wears Prada. I've been casting this movie in my head for some time now and I want Milla Jovovich, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Yeoh, Gina Carano, Lucy Liu, Michelle Rodriguez, Helen Mirren, Zang Ziyi, Halle Berry, Ming-Na Wen and Gabrielle Union.
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9:44PM on 10/27/2013

oh good grief

god I hope not the title alone sounds like it would a parody and cameron diaz , please cynthia rothrock and lucy liu would be better or kate beckinsale and jessica biel , milla is awesome she can stay if they do it ,
god I hope not the title alone sounds like it would a parody and cameron diaz , please cynthia rothrock and lucy liu would be better or kate beckinsale and jessica biel , milla is awesome she can stay if they do it ,
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5:46AM on 10/28/2013
If they don't get Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton, it's an automatic fail.
If they don't get Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton, it's an automatic fail.
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