Sly Stallone Confirms That Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris Have Joined THE EXPENDABLES 2

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Earlier in the week, we learned from co-star Jason Statham that The Expendables 2 is set to begin filming in Bulgaria in a couple of weeks. At that time, he confirmed reports that both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis would take on substantial roles in the pic but stopped short of confirming other rumored names such as Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Tonight, some of those rumors can be put to rest as Sly Stallone has confirmed that both Norris and Van Damme will be in the film.

For a little more, including two other A-list names that may be joining the fun, hit the jump. The Expendables 2 is set to hit theaters on August 17th, 2012.

The-Expendables-movie-posterStallone confirmed that both Norris and Van Damme have joined The Expendables 2 in an interview with EW. While in-depth details regarding their roles are still underwraps, Stallone did confirm that:

“We’ll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one.”

I have to be honest, the opportunity to watch Stallone and Van Damme go head-to-head is probably too good for me to pass up. In fact, it’s going to take negative reviews that would make Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star blush for me to stay away from The Expendables 2. But wait, there’s potentially more. Later in the interview, the star also mentioned that the pic may be landing two other previously rumored names: Nicolas Cage and John Travolta, saying:

“We’ve got Chuck Norris and I think Nic Cage. We’re trying to work out different scenarios. I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot…[As for Travolta's inclusion] It’s possible. The one thing I’ve learned is what is a fact on Monday is a complete fallacy on Tuesday. A lot of it is scheduling. It’s not financial. It’s just that Bulgaria is definitely a jaunt. It’s a commitment, you know what I mean? Especially in the dead of winter.”

Ultimately, it’s probably true that Stallone’s comments regarding Cage and Travolta’s potential inclusion doesn’t really change things much. They were rumored before and now they’re rumored plus, perhaps? Regardless, as I stated above, Norris and especially Van Damme’s casting makes The Expendables 2 a must see for me.




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  • Stefanie

    You had me at “Chuck Norris”.

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  • oh heaven sake

    Great…looks like its going to be an extravaganza of 80s action star has-beens…In all seriousness though, I would like to see if Van Damme still has his martial arts mojo. As for Chuck…eh…

    • Emil

      TRUST me. He does.

  • nekrotemor oscuro

    Great. Van Dammen plus Norris, Cage and Travolta will be awesome. But i hope that Stallone won’t make a bad script.

    • jonski22

      script? who needs script when you got an awesome cast? action from start to end…van damme vs. sly vs dolph vs. chuck vs hopefully segal…..btw, here is the script for you bad guys vs. good guys….lots of hand to hand combat….lots of guns and assorted weapons..lots of explosion….

      • dawko

        Every movie, even an action one, needs a good script, otherwise there is only a movie with good actors and some action but its boring – just like first Expendables :D Its action was stupid, scenes lame….Not even that amount of actors could save it. Look at the Fast Five – its screenplay was unrealistic but in the way of movie blockbuster more realistic than the others. Its action was a smashing perfection, scenes with Diesel x Johnson better than any other scene from Expendables. Even the church scene wasnt better than the Johnson – Diesel look on the streets of Brazil !!!

  • Spider

    Great news! This flick still needs MICHAEL DUDIKOFF

  • Hanaway

    I hope in the sequel, there will be more amazing fight scenes.
    It would be good if they also include Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White, Kurt Angle and Bill Goldberg.

  • mike

    van damme is in amazing shape and can still do round house kicks in the air and can still do the spilts, i hope he kicks a lot of assss, and travolta and cage would be cool, but arnold will steal the show againnn, with van dammmme

  • Kedwar

    Chuck Norris is in TE2? That’s pure awesome. I was waiting this for a very very long time.

  • LEM

    How about Bolo Yeung?

  • Bloodsport Superfan

    I didn’t really like the first one all that much….but for Van Damme as the baddie, I am game. Also the little bit of Willis we got was the most lively I had seen him in a while.

  • Migz13

    The only one missing now is Bruce Lee.

  • Tarek

    No. The one missing is Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker. It would be awesome. ^^

  • GhostD

    GREAT!!

    All they need to do now is just break Wes out of jail. lol =) Actually, if they do a third movie, he should be available. Also, MJW, Darren Shahlavi, Cary Tagawa, and Daniel Bernhardt would be solid additions as well. Maybe Chuck Jeffries too if anyone can track that guy down.

    It’d be great if Donnie signs on for this one, but I’d understand if he didn’t.

    >| LEM: “How about Bolo Yeung?”

    It’d be great if it was Bolo from the 90′s, but he’s gotten older now and is nowhere as big as he was back in the day. Though, in the right role made for him, it could work. His bodybuilding physique made him memorable on the screen. Perhaps he could apply some of his traditional style (Tai Chi) to the role if it was required of him.

    And I’d be all 150% for Segal ONLY if he were to be a team player throughout the production (of this or a third movie) and not try to pull a “Submerged” like he did with Gary Daniels.

  • nawtnt

    Great news that Van Damme and Chuck Norris are going to be in The Expendables 2.

    Stallone vs. Van Damme, that would be awesome and a dream come true.

    I hope Bolo Yeung would be in TE2, maybe as the second main villain and Van Damme’s trusty friend.

    If Bolo is incuded in TE2 then this film would break box office records.

    I just hope The Expendables 2 will have more explosions, more gunfights, more fight scenes, more classic hero legends in it and a fair amount of screentime for each actor.

  • Wladi

    expendables sucked…just pure 80′s nostalgia movie…

  • Sugreev2001

    This is going to be a monster of a movie…literally.

  • djdon shattuck

    How bout the Rock

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  • frigo pas cher

    top point de vue. C�dric.

  • Nashaly

    This will been the Mother of all Mothers and I will not mis this one for nothing even me been legally blind will see !!! Only Stallon u rock baby!!:))

  • Nashaly

    This will be the mother of all movies only Stallon love him n the cast don’t need any bady else by if u want to add put one oldy Jonh Conerry oh pure fun and no bathroom brake for a wild lol

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