It appears that Nicolas Cage has forgotten how to use the word “no.” The actor has signed on to a large number of projects as of late, including a reboot of the Evangelical Christian series Left Behind. He’s now adding another project to his slate, though this one is more in line with the fun Nic Cage of the 1990s. We learned back in August that producers were trying to rope in some high profile names for the invetiable action sequel The Expendables 3, and Cage was on said wish list. Now Sylvester Stallone has revealed a bit about the confirmed follow-up, stating that Cage is indeed onboard. Hit the jump to see what he had to say. [Update: A new report indicates that Cage is not actually signed on. Hit the jump for further explanation.]
Speaking with El Pais, Stallone confirmed Cage’s casting and reiterated his desire to nab a few more names for the sequel. Here’s his translated quote:
“We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group. Hopefully we can realize to Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke. That is the great mission of the producer. We will continue with the same narrative scheme, the agility and the frenzy, which are inherent to the saga.”
I still think nabbing Ford is a longshot, but I suppose Snipes and Rourke could possibly sign on. We still don’t know who will be writing or directing the third entry, but resident stick in the mud Chuck Norris has already confirmed that he won’t be returning for another go-around.
Update: Deadline reports that Stallone has denied the confirmation of Cage for the third film. Apparently, these comments were made during Stallone’s European tour of the press junkets for Expendables 2 this past summer. The response came from a question of who he would like to see in a future installment, but again, he denies the confirmation of Cage.