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Rourke is Expendable!

01.06.2009

Did you need another reason to get excited about Sly Stallone's all-star action smackdown THE EXPENDABLES?

Fine, here you go: Mickey Rourke.

The recently resuscitated actor, riding the crest of much-deserved attention for THE WRESTLER, has joined Sly's "guys on a mission" flick as "an unscrupulous arms dealer who becomes the go-to guy for a group of mercenaries planning to topple a South American dictator."

In case you forgot, the project already has Stallone (who also writes and directs), Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Forest Whitaker, Robert Knepper, Juliana Paes, and possibly Sir Ben Kingsley. Plus a lead female role remains as yet unfilled.

This thing is turning into one giant reunion -- Stallone brought Rourke on board his 2000 remake of GET CARTER, and Rourke just worked with Statham on the remake of the French thriller 13 TZAMETI. Start clicking through IMDB to figure out who else might be next!

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Extra Tidbit: Curiously, Rourke's DOUBLE TEAM co-star Jean-Claude Van Damme reportedly passed on the project. He's probably kicking himself now (and he probably can).
Source: Variety

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11:36AM on 01/09/2009
I was just over at AICN, where they said that this announcementwas pretty early, and Mickey is still a maybe. I got to thinking about it, and how he's also apparently going to be in IRON MAN 2.

Don't THE EXPENDABLES and IRON MAN 2 both start filming in March? The plot thickens.
I was just over at AICN, where they said that this announcementwas pretty early, and Mickey is still a maybe. I got to thinking about it, and how he's also apparently going to be in IRON MAN 2.

Don't THE EXPENDABLES and IRON MAN 2 both start filming in March? The plot thickens.
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10:36AM on 01/08/2009

yes

i'm totally sold on this
i'm totally sold on this
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6:36AM on 01/08/2009

An American remake of 13 Tzameti?

With Jason Statham (of the Transporter and War shame)? Wow! It's gonna suck harder than anything. Bring on the colours! Bring on shitty filmed martial arts sequences, shitty edited car chases, some expandable hot chicks who couldn't act to save their lives! Yeah! It's gonna be a masterpiece (of shit), that's for sure!
With Jason Statham (of the Transporter and War shame)? Wow! It's gonna suck harder than anything. Bring on the colours! Bring on shitty filmed martial arts sequences, shitty edited car chases, some expandable hot chicks who couldn't act to save their lives! Yeah! It's gonna be a masterpiece (of shit), that's for sure!
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1:24PM on 01/07/2009
Great news, Rourke needs more roles, this is shaping up to be made of awesome.
Great news, Rourke needs more roles, this is shaping up to be made of awesome.
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12:55PM on 01/07/2009
FUCK YEAG!!!!!!!!!!!
FUCK YEAG!!!!!!!!!!!
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12:19PM on 01/07/2009
FUCK YES!!!!

I think (for me, at least) the only way this movie could get any better would be if Carl Weathers was cast.
FUCK YES!!!!

I think (for me, at least) the only way this movie could get any better would be if Carl Weathers was cast.
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11:42AM on 01/07/2009
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't beleive it actually happened. Many of us were hoping for Rourke to be in it but to me it seemed almost like a pipe dream...way to go SLY!!
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't beleive it actually happened. Many of us were hoping for Rourke to be in it but to me it seemed almost like a pipe dream...way to go SLY!!
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10:15AM on 01/07/2009

Wow

Now this will be movie of the year. For the lead female, bring us Kelly Hu.
Now this will be movie of the year. For the lead female, bring us Kelly Hu.
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9:34AM on 01/07/2009
This is going to be the manliest film ever made.
This is going to be the manliest film ever made.
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8:16AM on 01/07/2009
This movie is gonna make HUGE bank!
This movie is gonna make HUGE bank!
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7:47AM on 01/07/2009

Great news!

Now bring in Donny Yen and Michael Jai White, and this will be the action romp of the decade (damn, I guess it already is)!
Now bring in Donny Yen and Michael Jai White, and this will be the action romp of the decade (damn, I guess it already is)!
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3:04AM on 01/07/2009
WIth Rambo 4 being an actually very well made movie, this movie should pan out very well. If he uses the gritty gore style and more realistic action pieces like rambo 4 then stallone should nail this one with no problem. Jacki Chan would be a good addition and as for female...Cynthia Rothrock or m=Michelle Yeoh would be great for this. "The Rock" would suit this feature well.
WIth Rambo 4 being an actually very well made movie, this movie should pan out very well. If he uses the gritty gore style and more realistic action pieces like rambo 4 then stallone should nail this one with no problem. Jacki Chan would be a good addition and as for female...Cynthia Rothrock or m=Michelle Yeoh would be great for this. "The Rock" would suit this feature well.
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2:08AM on 01/07/2009

HOLY SHIT!!!

man i just got a broner! i just totally went from six to midnight!!
man i just got a broner! i just totally went from six to midnight!!
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2:08AM on 01/07/2009
If Sly can get Kurt Russell in on this, this will officially be the greatest and most bad ass movie off all time.
If Sly can get Kurt Russell in on this, this will officially be the greatest and most bad ass movie off all time.
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2:02AM on 01/07/2009
This is now the movie to follow. It's the new Dirty Dozen. Expectations are high.
This is now the movie to follow. It's the new Dirty Dozen. Expectations are high.
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1:24AM on 01/07/2009

Wish

I really wish Wesley Snipes could have got his shit together to be in this movie. This could have maybe brought him back from dvd movie hell. Oh well. And Van Damme passing on this? El Stupido!
I really wish Wesley Snipes could have got his shit together to be in this movie. This could have maybe brought him back from dvd movie hell. Oh well. And Van Damme passing on this? El Stupido!
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1:20AM on 01/07/2009

Mr. JasonAdams

You're right about this being the kind of casting we expected from Tarantino. I forgot about that. Way back when I remember hearing rumors about the great cast he was going to assemble. Getting Stallone, Bruce Willis and Ahnold all in the same movie. But that never happened. The best he got was Brad Pitt. Which is pretty good.

But Stallone has the movie with the real kick-ass cast. I wonder what Quentin thinks of this movie.
You're right about this being the kind of casting we expected from Tarantino. I forgot about that. Way back when I remember hearing rumors about the great cast he was going to assemble. Getting Stallone, Bruce Willis and Ahnold all in the same movie. But that never happened. The best he got was Brad Pitt. Which is pretty good.

But Stallone has the movie with the real kick-ass cast. I wonder what Quentin thinks of this movie.
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1:16AM on 01/07/2009

Whoo Hoo!!

Man-o-man this thing just gets better and better. I can not wait to see this movie. It has not even begun shooting yet, but does anyone know when Stallone intends this to be released?

Me thinks the final lead female role should go to...Grace Jones. Yeah, Grace Jones.
Man-o-man this thing just gets better and better. I can not wait to see this movie. It has not even begun shooting yet, but does anyone know when Stallone intends this to be released?

Me thinks the final lead female role should go to...Grace Jones. Yeah, Grace Jones.
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1:11AM on 01/07/2009
Holy Shit...

...Seriously, who won't be in this movie now? It looked good when it was Stallone, Statham and Li. but who the fuck expected THIS?
Holy Shit...

...Seriously, who won't be in this movie now? It looked good when it was Stallone, Statham and Li. but who the fuck expected THIS?
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12:55AM on 01/07/2009
Can we say greatest movie ever?
Can we say greatest movie ever?
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12:44AM on 01/07/2009

Wow

This was the kind of dream casting we expected from Tarntino with INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.

Well done, Mr. Stallone.
This was the kind of dream casting we expected from Tarntino with INGLORIOUS BASTARDS.

Well done, Mr. Stallone.
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12:32AM on 01/07/2009

CRAZY!!!

Unbelievable!! I seen the wrestler 2 nights ago and its fucking awesome. Altho my favorite part was Marisa Tomei Topless. I have a feeling this will be the movie that will finally drive me to upgrade to bluray.
Unbelievable!! I seen the wrestler 2 nights ago and its fucking awesome. Altho my favorite part was Marisa Tomei Topless. I have a feeling this will be the movie that will finally drive me to upgrade to bluray.
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12:14AM on 01/07/2009
fuck, who won't be in this film?
fuck, who won't be in this film?
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