As The Expendables 3 puts together its requisite cast of 80s and 90s action stars, it was probably only a matter of time before Mel Gibson joined the party. According to Showbiz411, sources are saying that Mel Gibson might play the villain in the third installment of the action franchise. Back in April, Sylvester Stallone tweeted/joked that Gibson should direct “EXPENDABLES FIVE”, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was a place in the franchise for the rage-filled, anti-Semitic former movie star. He’s already playing his first villain role in Robert Rodriguez‘ Machete Kills, and these supporting baddies may be the only parts Gibson can get for the foreseeable future. Could anyone buy him as a hero again, and would any studio take the risk to find out? Considering that his last movie, the surprisingly entertaining Get the Gringo, went straight to VOD/DVD, probably not (and even in that movie, he played an anti-hero).
The Expendables 3 will star Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich. The movie opens August 15, 2014.