Filming is already underway in Bulgaria on the action sequel The Expendables 3, but there’s still one more actor to add to the cast. Deadline reports that Kelsey Grammer is signing on to the pic to play Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who aids the titular aging heroes in their mission. This is the part that was initially earmarked for Nicolas Cage, but now Grammer will be handling the role. This is the second franchise film in a row for the Frasier actor, as he recently wrapped Michael Bay’s upcoming Transformers 4.
The Expendables 3 cast now includes Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and Wesley Snipes. Directed by Patrick Hughes, The Expendables 3 is slated to open in theaters on August 15, 2014. Hit the jump for casting news regarding the “Simon Pegg assassin” movie Kill Me Three Times.
Additionally, production has commenced in Australia on director Kriv Stenders’ crime thriller Kill Me Three Times and Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four) and Luke Hemsworth have been added to the cast. Alice Braga stars as a young singer who acts as “the thread that binds three tails of murder, blackmail, and revenge.” Simon Pegg plays an assassin hired by Braga’s husband (Callan Mulvey) to murder her, Sullivan Stapleton (300: Rise of an Empire) plays a gambling addict attempting to pay off his debts via risky life insurance schemes, and Palmer plays “a small town Lady Macbeth” who masterminds Stapleton’s scheme. Additionally, Hemsworth is set as Braga’s love interest. Read the full press release below.
KRIV STENDERS’ ‘KILL ME THREE TIMES’ ANNOUNCES FINAL CASTING
WITH SIMON PEGG, SULLIVAN STAPLETON, ALICE BRAGA, TERESA PALMER,
BRYAN BROWN, CALLAN MULVEY AND LUKE HEMSWORTH
SET TO STAR
PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY BEGAN THIS WEEK
LOS ANGELES, CA (17 SEPTEMBER, 2013) – The final cast has been announced for KILL ME THREE TIMES the new crime thriller from Kriv Stenders (Red Dog, Boxing Day). Principal photography began this week in and around Perth and the southwest region of Western Australia. The film stars Simon Pegg, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Bryan Brown, Callan Mulvey and Luke Hemsworth. With an original screenplay by James McFarland, the film is produced by Laurence Malkin and Share Stallings (the team behind Death At A Funeral and A Few Best Men) and Tania Chambers, the former CEO of Screen New South Wales.
KILL ME THREE TIMES takes place in a sundrenched Australian surfing town, where a young singer, portrayed by Alice Braga, is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. Simon Pegg plays a mercurial assassin, who is hired by her wealthy husband (Callan Mulvey), but there is more than one person gunning for her. Sullivan Stapleton has been cast as a gambling addict that attempts to pay off his debts through a risky life insurance scam, whilst Teresa Palmer plays a small town Lady Macbeth who masterminds the scheme. Bryan Brown, a corrupt cop, also tries to get his cut and Luke Hemsworth portrays Braga’s love interest, a local surfer who hopes to rescue the young woman from Pegg’s telescopic sights.
Director Kriv Stenders said, “I am absolutely thrilled with the dream cast we’ve assembled. It’s a real gift to have so many wonderfully talented and respected actors in one movie. I can’t wait to begin collaborating with them and bring KILL ME THREE TIMES to vivid life.”
“KILL ME THREE TIMES is a great script and the chance to work with Kriv Stenders in Perth made the whole thing an opportunity I did not want to miss out on,” added Simon Pegg.
Sullivan Stapleton concluded, “I am a fan of this script and character, and look forward to coming home to Australia for this film.”
“We’ve been searching for a film like Out of Sight, where flawed but human characters manipulate, murder and make love to each other in really fun and suspenseful ways,” said Malkin. “James’ script struck just the right chord, surrounding the emotional core with action, romance and dry humor. We’re thrilled that Kriv and this impeccable cast are going to breath life into an immensely satisfying and universal story.”
Cargo Entertainment handles international sales and WME is repping KILL ME THREE TIMES in North America. The film is financed by Screen Australia, ScreenWest, Jake Film Finance, Media House Capital and the Melbourne International Film Festival’s MIFF Premiere Fund.Media House Capital’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Jake’s Joan Peters, Azurite Capital’s Jack Drewe, Jed Weintrob, Ian Gibbins, and Bryce Menzies are executive producers. Margot Hand and Patrick Murray are co-executive producers. Hopscotch Entertainment One is releasing the film in Australia and New Zealand.