Blimey, and you thought the cast for Inherent Vice was spiralling out of control. With The Expendables 3 star Sylvester Stallone taking to Twitter almost as frequently as Bryan Singer, we’ve had a number of hints at new additions. Now Deadline are reporting that Resident Evil‘s Milla Jovovich and all-round badass Nicolas Cage are in the final stages of negotiations to climb aboard the franchise.
Sly has been revving up fans in preparation for the third instalment via social networking. In recent weeks he’s suggested that action meisters Steven Seagal and Antonio Banderas could be in the running for a part. While there’s no confirmation of their activity in the film, there has been another two actors name-dropped. This latest spot of news, which comes from the mouth of Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer, made mention that alongside Jovovich and Cage, Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan are also firming up contracts.
Out of the four names cited, Jovovich is the only actor whose interest has been previously unreported. Cage had already made his way onto producer Avi Lerner’s list of must-haves for the project, and Snipes and Chan have too been rumoured for some time. Should they sign up, they’ll be joining existing series stars Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke and Dolph Lundgren.
Stallone obviously has clout when it comes to casting for all roles in the film. Amidst talk that Mel Gibson could be directing the film, he quickly took to Twitter and revealed his love of Red Hill; a film by Patrick Hughes. Soon after Hughes was signed on to helm the flick.
With the female equivalent of The Expendables in development, we’d have thought Jovovich would’ve signed onto that vehicle. Either way, she’s no doubt got the gumption and the experience for kicking butt.
Production on The Expendables 3 is due to commence this August.