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Principal Photography begins on Expendables 3! More details emerge!

Aug. 19, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Guess what? We finally have a solid, official synopsis for THE EXPENDABLES 3.

The rumors were true. A new group of younger techies will take on the old crew. Mel Gibson will serve as their villainous ringleader. Also get a load of his character's name: Conrad Stonebanks. That's great, right? Harrison Ford is mentioned as well just in case you didn't think that was a reality.

Lionsgate and Millennium Films have put out a press release announcing that they have begun principal photography:

Lionsgate and Millennium Films will begin principal photography today on THE EXPENDABLES 3, the third installment of THE EXPENDABLES action-thriller franchise, with production shooting on location in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 will feature Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.

Patrick Hughes (RED HILL) will direct the film, with veteran Dan Bradley (The BOURNE franchise; MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL, QUANTUM OF SOLACE) directing the second unit. THE EXPENDABLES 3 is written by Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt, who previously teamed on OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, and Sylvester Stallone. Avi Lerner, Kevin King-Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon are producing THE EXPENDABLES 3. Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson are executive producing. Lionsgate will release THE EXPENDABLES 3 in North America and the UK on August 15, 2014.

In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables most personal battle yet.

Come see how good Mel Gibson looks! Dude has been doing some serious time at the gym!

Source: Coming SoonTMZ

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12:22PM on 08/31/2013
Mel RULES!!!
Mel RULES!!!
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9:27AM on 08/21/2013

Aside from the 2nd unit director,

it looks like a fine time.
it looks like a fine time.
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10:04PM on 08/20/2013
Holy sh*t! Mel's old ass is stacked!! I gotta get back to the gym...
Holy sh*t! Mel's old ass is stacked!! I gotta get back to the gym...
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11:19AM on 08/20/2013

Whoa!

Pump up the jam!
Pump up the jam!
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10:17AM on 08/20/2013

I would not be surprised

If this becomes a new internet meme for Gym Douches. Bring it on Mel. Glad to see you still working.
If this becomes a new internet meme for Gym Douches. Bring it on Mel. Glad to see you still working.
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8:35AM on 08/20/2013

Jackie Chan?

I was under the impression, from the beginning, that he was in this WTF I hope he is.
I was under the impression, from the beginning, that he was in this WTF I hope he is.
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3:27AM on 08/20/2013

I am hip but....

WHERE'S JACKIE CHAN????
WHERE's MICKEY ROURKE!!?????
there's no mention of either of them starring in this movie!!??
WHERE'S JACKIE CHAN????
WHERE's MICKEY ROURKE!!?????
there's no mention of either of them starring in this movie!!??
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12:22AM on 08/21/2013
Mickey Rourke's character was killed off. And yes it needs more Jackie Chan AND Jet Lee. I was let down by Expendables 2 where they traded off two awesome martial artist for one love interest with ambiguous fighting skills.
Mickey Rourke's character was killed off. And yes it needs more Jackie Chan AND Jet Lee. I was let down by Expendables 2 where they traded off two awesome martial artist for one love interest with ambiguous fighting skills.
2:57AM on 08/20/2013
Awesome! Banderas and Stallone back together again! I thought Nicolas Cage was in this too. was that just a rumor?
Awesome! Banderas and Stallone back together again! I thought Nicolas Cage was in this too. was that just a rumor?
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6:57AM on 08/20/2013
Yes. Nicholas Cage publicly announced that he was NOT appearing in the film...
Yes. Nicholas Cage publicly announced that he was NOT appearing in the film...
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12:25AM on 08/20/2013
Looks like I'll be rooting for the bad guys. Go get 'em Mel.
Looks like I'll be rooting for the bad guys. Go get 'em Mel.
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10:29PM on 08/19/2013

DAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!! THATS A HUGE BITCH!!!!!!

Mel is the man. I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention IN THIS OFFICAIL PRESS RELEASE of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
Mel is the man. I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention IN THIS OFFICAIL PRESS RELEASE of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
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10:29PM on 08/19/2013

DAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!! THATS A HUGE BITCH!!!!!!

Mel is the man. I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention IN THIS OFFICAIL PRESS RELEASE of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
Mel is the man. I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention IN THIS OFFICAIL PRESS RELEASE of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
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10:17PM on 08/19/2013
Yep, Mad Mel looks like the perfect guy to fill Van Damme's shoes as the man who'll give our crew hell.
Yep, Mad Mel looks like the perfect guy to fill Van Damme's shoes as the man who'll give our crew hell.
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7:40PM on 08/19/2013
Mel Gibson looks ... scary!
Mel Gibson looks ... scary!
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7:17PM on 08/19/2013

What happened to Rourke?

Did he fuck things up again? I was really looking forward to him appearing in this series again. :(
Did he fuck things up again? I was really looking forward to him appearing in this series again. :(
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8:17PM on 08/19/2013
Considering he and Stallone seemed to have the longest history in the first one, it really would be a shame.

Hell, scene one could be him getting offed by Gibson's character. He'd get a paycheck out of it, and it would still serve the story.
Considering he and Stallone seemed to have the longest history in the first one, it really would be a shame.

Hell, scene one could be him getting offed by Gibson's character. He'd get a paycheck out of it, and it would still serve the story.
3:29AM on 08/20/2013
and where is Jackie Chan?????????
and where is Jackie Chan?????????
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7:13PM on 08/19/2013
I'm actually glad that Bruce Willis stepped out of the project. He'll be dead weight considering that Mel Gibson will steal much of the spotlight.
I'm actually glad that Bruce Willis stepped out of the project. He'll be dead weight considering that Mel Gibson will steal much of the spotlight.
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3:29AM on 08/20/2013
he didnt step out.. he was fired.
he didnt step out.. he was fired.
12:18AM on 08/21/2013
@mckracken I was being polite ;p
@mckracken I was being polite ;p
6:49PM on 08/19/2013

Hell Yah!!!

Glad he has been hitting the gym to get back to his old ass kicking ways! Mel is my all-time favorite actor so needless to say I'm not going to be rooting for the good guys in his upcoming films!!
Glad he has been hitting the gym to get back to his old ass kicking ways! Mel is my all-time favorite actor so needless to say I'm not going to be rooting for the good guys in his upcoming films!!
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8:19PM on 08/19/2013
I just wanna say this. Mel Gibson has NEVER looked this ripped. Not even in his Road Warrior days. But otherwise, I agree with you.
I just wanna say this. Mel Gibson has NEVER looked this ripped. Not even in his Road Warrior days. But otherwise, I agree with you.
9:28PM on 08/19/2013
I agree man. He was pretty shredded in Lethal Weapon but never pumped up in this kind of way! I'm all for it!
I agree man. He was pretty shredded in Lethal Weapon but never pumped up in this kind of way! I'm all for it!
6:37PM on 08/19/2013
Only Mel Gibson can say and do the shit that he has and still get back into the game. Can't deny his talent...
Only Mel Gibson can say and do the shit that he has and still get back into the game. Can't deny his talent...
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5:47PM on 08/19/2013

Dayamn, boy is RIPPED!

I like the Gibson will be a villain. He hasn't done that enough.
And props to his physical dedication. Maybe someday I can get like that.
I like the Gibson will be a villain. He hasn't done that enough.
And props to his physical dedication. Maybe someday I can get like that.
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5:47PM on 08/19/2013
Those movies are just an insane amount of fun. My guess is that Ford plays a member of the "Corporation" that Willis mentions in the sequel. Another thing, wasn't Jackie Chan supposed to be in this one?
Those movies are just an insane amount of fun. My guess is that Ford plays a member of the "Corporation" that Willis mentions in the sequel. Another thing, wasn't Jackie Chan supposed to be in this one?
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5:21PM on 08/19/2013
Roids on top of anger issues? Not a good idea.
Roids on top of anger issues? Not a good idea.
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7:18PM on 08/19/2013
Yeah, that's the only way one can get into shape . There's no way it could be from hard work at the gym and caloric intake/diet, etc
Yeah, that's the only way one can get into shape . There's no way it could be from hard work at the gym and caloric intake/diet, etc
7:26PM on 08/19/2013
Actually Vienna at that age it is. He could never put on that much muscle mass at the age of 57. I was able to see Mel during the filming of edge of darkness and he is easily twice the size now.
Actually Vienna at that age it is. He could never put on that much muscle mass at the age of 57. I was able to see Mel during the filming of edge of darkness and he is easily twice the size now.
4:59PM on 08/19/2013

gambama!

wow!
wow!
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4:33PM on 08/19/2013
welcome back, good sir!
welcome back, good sir!
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4:23PM on 08/19/2013

Mel is Batman

Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns has found it's perfect Bruce Wayne. The look is uncanny and you know Mel has the acting chops. Too bad no one's making this movie.
Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns has found it's perfect Bruce Wayne. The look is uncanny and you know Mel has the acting chops. Too bad no one's making this movie.
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4:48PM on 08/19/2013
I lament the fact that I can only give this one thumb up. That would be a dream come true!
I lament the fact that I can only give this one thumb up. That would be a dream come true!
5:44PM on 08/19/2013
Good call!
Good call!
7:23PM on 08/19/2013
SERIOUSLY!!!
SERIOUSLY!!!
8:29AM on 08/20/2013
Whoa! That's a lot of thumbs up! I guess I'm not the only one who sees it. It's like he's taken right from the graphic novel.
Whoa! That's a lot of thumbs up! I guess I'm not the only one who sees it. It's like he's taken right from the graphic novel.
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4:22PM on 08/19/2013
Yes, yes, inappropriate joke double post, all apologies...
Yes, yes, inappropriate joke double post, all apologies...
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4:20PM on 08/19/2013
Better girlfriend beating shape than ever before!
Better girlfriend beating shape than ever before!
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5:20PM on 08/19/2013
I think this dude has enough anger issues without roids added to the mix!
I think this dude has enough anger issues without roids added to the mix!
5:37PM on 08/19/2013
Yeah, at 57, he's definitely not naturally adding that much muscle...
Yeah, at 57, he's definitely not naturally adding that much muscle...
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4:12PM on 08/19/2013
Welcome back Mel!
Welcome back Mel!
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4:03PM on 08/19/2013

Wow

I now realize Mel would be perfect for a new popeye movie. I want to see seagal trying to twist his arms, nothing happens and mel decides to squeeze the fat out of him just like a big pimple.
Mel is a very cool addittion to the movie.
I now realize Mel would be perfect for a new popeye movie. I want to see seagal trying to twist his arms, nothing happens and mel decides to squeeze the fat out of him just like a big pimple.
Mel is a very cool addittion to the movie.
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3:59PM on 08/19/2013
I do love what Stallone has tried to do with these movies...and will no doubt watch the third one too but I can't be the only one who accepts that the first two were just not great - I enjoyed The Last Stand far more, for instance and also thought Rambo was more enjoyable?
I do love what Stallone has tried to do with these movies...and will no doubt watch the third one too but I can't be the only one who accepts that the first two were just not great - I enjoyed The Last Stand far more, for instance and also thought Rambo was more enjoyable?
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3:48PM on 08/19/2013
Stallone must be giving him tips in the gym
Stallone must be giving him tips in the gym
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4:07PM on 08/19/2013
If by tips you mean HGH - then yes.
If by tips you mean HGH - then yes.
4:57PM on 08/19/2013
Nothing wrong with HGH. Also, there are no cheats. You have to eat right and put in the time to look like that. It's interesting how people always make such presumptuous attributions.
Nothing wrong with HGH. Also, there are no cheats. You have to eat right and put in the time to look like that. It's interesting how people always make such presumptuous attributions.
6:21PM on 08/19/2013
You inferred much from my short sentence. I said nothing negative about HGH, only that he is using it. Stallone is a huge supporter of it and, at Mel's age, he definitely would need it to get big in a reasonable amount of time.
You inferred much from my short sentence. I said nothing negative about HGH, only that he is using it. Stallone is a huge supporter of it and, at Mel's age, he definitely would need it to get big in a reasonable amount of time.
7:28PM on 08/19/2013
Actually HGH is illegal unless prescribed so yes there would be something wrong. Stallone got bagged at the airport with it. And taking that is cheating hence why sports ban it cause it is CHEATING.
Actually HGH is illegal unless prescribed so yes there would be something wrong. Stallone got bagged at the airport with it. And taking that is cheating hence why sports ban it cause it is CHEATING.
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3:40PM on 08/19/2013
talk about your lethal weapons!
talk about your lethal weapons!
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3:14PM on 08/19/2013

I guess we can confirm Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich and Rourke aren't in this one then (Bummer about Chan)

Otherwise the new additions of the old guard are awesome but the whole young tech savy group doesnt invite coinfidence; Hemsworth was groan worthy enough in the last one, now we're getting a whole group of these douches! Whatever I still remain hopeful and Gibson looks like a god damn BOSS in that photo.
Otherwise the new additions of the old guard are awesome but the whole young tech savy group doesnt invite coinfidence; Hemsworth was groan worthy enough in the last one, now we're getting a whole group of these douches! Whatever I still remain hopeful and Gibson looks like a god damn BOSS in that photo.
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3:40PM on 08/19/2013
What! I thought Can was a for sure :(
What! I thought Can was a for sure :(
4:49PM on 08/19/2013
Maybe I'm wrong about Chan but I'm assuming since he isn't in the offcial main cast list and he didnt want to bother with just a cameo he's out of this one.
Maybe I'm wrong about Chan but I'm assuming since he isn't in the offcial main cast list and he didnt want to bother with just a cameo he's out of this one.
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2:49PM on 08/19/2013
"...recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy"
Christ, you can just hear the 'old man' jokes already!

Still looking forward to it though, and damn Mel is jacked.
"...recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy"
Christ, you can just hear the 'old man' jokes already!

Still looking forward to it though, and damn Mel is jacked.
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2:49PM on 08/19/2013

Dude got jacked!

Hope this film kicks ass, enjoyed the first 2
Hope this film kicks ass, enjoyed the first 2
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2:46PM on 08/19/2013
Holy shit, is that really Mel?!
Am I the only one hoping the bad guys win in the next one? Mel is just too awesome...
Holy shit, is that really Mel?!
Am I the only one hoping the bad guys win in the next one? Mel is just too awesome...
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2:43PM on 08/19/2013

You go Mel!

Great guns! Off to do some bicep curls and tricep kickbacks, I suddenly feel like a bitch!
Great guns! Off to do some bicep curls and tricep kickbacks, I suddenly feel like a bitch!
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2:40PM on 08/19/2013
Holy shit! I don't remember Mel being this ripped!
Holy shit! I don't remember Mel being this ripped!
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2:40PM on 08/19/2013
If the man has a build, it has to mean he's going toe to toe with Stallone and that's beyond epic.
If the man has a build, it has to mean he's going toe to toe with Stallone and that's beyond epic.
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2:37PM on 08/19/2013
DAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!! THATS A HUGE BITCH!!!!!! I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
DAAAAAAAAAMN!!!!! THATS A HUGE BITCH!!!!!! I hope this movie rocks. I'm not a huge fan of Snipes but I love everyone else on board. I'm SOOOOO glad there was no mention of that loser Steven Segal being in this....cant stand that arrogant little (or should I say fat) prick.
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2:53PM on 08/19/2013
There have been many mentions of Segal in the film, sorry bro!
There have been many mentions of Segal in the film, sorry bro!
9:55PM on 08/19/2013
There was no mention of him this official press release though. Sorry bro.
There was no mention of him this official press release though. Sorry bro.
2:14PM on 08/19/2013
Mel is back!
Mel is back!
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