All-Female THE EXPENDABLES in the Works with Screenwriter Dutch Southern Attached

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Move over, fellas! The ladies are setting up to take to the screen in an all-female version of The ExpendablesAdi Shankar’s 1984 Private Defense Contractors has selected Dutch Southern to pen the action script. In the past, the banner has co-financed The Grey, Dredd 3D, Broken City and Killing Them Softly.  They’ve also previously picked up a hitman-action spec script from Southern titled Hoof Harrington’s Greatest Hits, which was pitched as a mashup of Payback and Snatch.  The company is reportedly in talks with a number of prominent action actresses, but no names have been reported as of yet.  So let’s have some fun and speculate, shall we?  Meet me after the jump to do some dream casting.

Variety first reporteduma-thurman-kill-bill on an all-female version of The Expendables getting underway.  Let’s remember that the current iteration in theaters now, The Expendables 2, does star Nan Yu.  As for who is being contacted, there are no names yet, but the history of female action heroes is not nearly as extensive as that of the boys, so let’s do some speculating:

  • Linda Hamilton – A go-to action star from her Terminator days and a stint on Chuck.
  • Sigourney Weaver – Her career in the Alien franchise gives Hamilton a run for her money.
  • Carrie Fisher - She can handle a blaster, so why not a grenade launcher?
  • Uma Thurman - All that Kill Bill training has gone to waste in recent years.
  • Milla Jovovich – Resident Evil aside, I’ll just say: The Fifth Element.
  • Angelina Jolie She’s come a long way since Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and let’s not forget her driving skills from Gone in 60 Seconds
  • Michelle Rodriguez - Although she’s killed in almost as many movies as Sean Bean, Rodriguez is among the toughest of this bunch.
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar – It’s getting a little thin here, but Gellar did a convincing job as Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a number of years.
  • Summer Glau - From Firefly to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Glau could make for an interesting newcomer.
  • Carrie Anne Moss - Let’s bring back that leather from The Matrix. 

Some other possible names include Eliza Dushku, Zoe Bell, Gina Carano and, of course, Lucy Lawless.  Feel free to go crazy with your own casting (and potential titles) in the comments.


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  • Keith


  • D. McHugh

    Love the idea. Not sure how good the final product will be only because all these women PALE in comparison to Sigourney Weaver. Linda Hamilton is a close second. Until Weaver, there were no significant female action heroes. Since her, there’s been a role here and there for isolated stars but nothing that came close to turning into a franchise. So those roles are burned into the public consciousness like Rambo, Conan, Die Hard and all Van Damme’s roles.

  • Lance

    Hamilton, Weaver, Thruman, Rodriguez, and Moss for sure. Sarah Michelle Gellar just does not fit with that tough group, though, whatever happened on Buffy.

    How about Maggie Q? Hot, and has done action movies like MI:III and Live Free or Die Hard. And of course her series Nikita.

    • cuba

      Maggie Q is “too new” for this… however you mentioning her reminded me of another great butt kicking lady from the 90′s and that is of course the previous version of Nikita – Peta Wilson. would be great to see her in action again… oh man… yeah… bring her in!

  • Bonobo

    Top of this list should have been Michelle Yeoh. And no Pam Grier? If this is to be in the style of the Expendables they aren’t too old…

  • Mars

    Well, one thing’s for sure. All these broads you listed can ACT a helluva lot better than Stallone, Arnie, Chuck Norris, etc.

  • Goobity

    Chloe Moretz, Lucy Liu, Rosario Dawson…

    • NC

      You just read my mind…..and Jennifer Garner

  • Bonobo

    Oh, and a Zoë Bell vs. Gina Carano fight would be a showstopper (however dire their drama performance before and after the fight).

  • Walter Orsini

    Michelle Yeoh!

    • SP1234

      And Ziyi Zhang, I mean come on! Crouching Tiger, Hero, Flying Daggers, she’s a lock-in because of those roles!

  • SP1234

    Uma Thurman, Michelle Yeoh and Mary Elizabeth Winstead all the way.

  • Strong Enough

    LMAOO. no one wants to see this.

    it would be too corny. the world is sexist. deal with it

    • t

      Hey bro, if you wanna come out of the closet just do it. Not doing it is making you all bent up and weird.

    • ccraw13

      Agreed. This movie would be a travesty.

  • t

    Sigourney or get THE FUCK OUT!

  • Very Real

    I love Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez!! But Angelina Jolie? No, she’s too skinny.

  • jus me

    One of the choices is getting Linda Hamilton. She has all the movies. Look at all the latest movies and shows she’s been doing the last few years. She still gots it.

  • t

    Hey bro, if you wanna come out of the closet just do it. Not doing it is making you all pent up and weird.

  • Warpcrafter

    Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Bell, Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Angela Jolie, perhaps Linda Hamilton. Maybe Sarah Michelle Gellar if she could be one of the villains. AND Mary McCormack!!! She was a badass in “In Plain Sight”, despite that show’s chick flick undertones.

  • Warpcrafter

    Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Bell, Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Angela Jolie, perhaps Linda Hamilton. Maybe Sarah Michelle Gellar if she could be one of the villains. AND Mary McCormack!!! She was a badass in \"In Plain Sight\", despite that show\’s chick flick undertones.

  • aaronsullivan

    I second Michelle Yeoh, Jennifer Garner, and Zoe Saldana. I love the idea of Grace Jones, I bet she’s still impressive at age 64!

  • ethomson92

    First, I’m not sure if Carrie Fisher still has it.
    Second, how about Carla Gugino?

  • TPF1138

    Jennifer Lawrence?

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  • Hank ronson

    Carrie fisher can Handel the weapons remember the blues brothers she got the weapons and she knows how to use em

  • cap

    I’m gonna go with Glen Close, Maryl Streep and Dame Judy Dench. BRING IT!

  • cuteview

    How about Geena Davis and Cameron Diaz…

  • Doug

    Judy Dench.

  • kevin

    Every team needs a badass geek and there’s none badder than the real-deal original Lisbeth Salander: Noomi Rapace. Besides, her name is perfect: rapace means bird of prey in Italian; the adjective form mean predatory/rapacious in French and Italian.

    • Matt C

      What would be even better would be getting Rooney Mara in it too. Imagine it: Salander vs. Salander in that film. That would be a good selling point there.

      I also second Thurman, Grier, Yeoh, Zhang, Carano, Garner, Weaver, Hamilton, Gellar, and Saldana. That’s a helluva lot of wattage there for a greenlight.

  • Weeks


  • StePH


  • riles

    I’d go for Geena Davis

  • Mr.Rich316

    Nobody wants Selma Hayek for this?

  • Kai Sacco

    “The Expendablettes”.

    God I hope they don’t call it that.

  • harry

    P E T A W I L S O N (la femme nikita) !!!!!!
    god, how come nobody mentioned her name yet?

    • christine

      I definitely agree with this! Love Peta Wilson.

  • MadMatt

    For the love of God, anyone but Zoe Bell. She is the most appalling actress I’ve ever seen. Makes Arnold look like Laurence Olivier.

  • spongefist

    Brigitte Nielsen (Red Sonja)
    Anne Parillaud (Original French Nikita)
    Gina Davis (best female action lead in The Long Kiss Goodnight)
    Chloe Mortenz (Hit Girl)
    Linda Hamilton
    River Tam

    that should do it

    • mark

      have you seen anne parillaud lately? she looks like she can barely hold her own purse…
      some of those chicks are pushing 50 and looking weak, let’s be reasonable guys!

      i always wanted to see peta wilson and lucy lawless on the screen together so maybe it will happen now

  • Bob

    Zoe Saldana wasn’t mentioned in the article which is nuts. Oh, and Kate Beckinsale for sure.

  • Bob

    Here’s a list of woman I would want in this for sure.

    Sigourney Weaver
    Angelina Jolie
    Zoe Saldana
    Kate Bekingsale
    Uma Thermon
    Salmaya Hayak
    Linda Hamilton
    Mila Jovovich
    Carrie Anne Moss
    Gina Carano
    Lucy Liu or Maggie Q (I can’t decide; maybe both?)
    Michelle Rodriguez
    Carla Gugino
    Helen Mirren
    Cloe Grace Moretez

    All I can really think of right now.

  • lisa

    please at to the wish list
    lucy lawless XENA
    sharon stone original total recall + basic instinct
    eliza dushku faith out of buffy
    Tricia Helfer six out of battlestar
    Katee Sackhoff starbuck out of battlestar
    Jeri Ryan seen of nine voyager
    anne hathaway catwoman batman the dark knight

  • Cord

    The original queen of kick ass, Miss Pam Grier should atleast get a cameo….Zoe Saldana and Regina King should get mention.

  • Matt Goldbergs Mom

    let’s not forget her driving skills from Gone in 60 Seconds.


  • YES

    Bridgette nelson (RED SONJIA, COBRA)
    Grace Jones (Nuff said)
    Linda carter (Wonder Woman)
    Sigorney weaver (Alien)
    Linda Hamilton (Terminator)
    Geena Davis (the Long Kiss Goodnight)
    Adrienne Barbeau (Escape From New York)

  • terry

    Very interesting but I can’t see this getting off the ground.
    Besides, woman groups would decry this as the hight of female exploitation.

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  • angela

    Why would they do that? Unless they have them running around half naked (which I doubt they would do that).

  • PJM

    If we’re including Maggie Q and Jennifer Garner on this list, Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck should definitely be included. Very few people can pull off hot, vulnerable, and ass-kicking within a single episode.

  • concardia

    Cynthia Rothrock

  • Mihon

    Title: The Killermaids

    Director: Anne Fontaine (Michelle MacLaren)
    Action Director: Nick Powell (stunt coordinator)

    Uma Thurman – Penny Coins
    Sigourney Weaver – Ellis Riley
    Carrie Fisher – Director Death Mother
    Linda Hamilton – Gina Hammerdoom
    Milla Jovovich – Yuma Kolakovich
    Angelina Jolie – Mrs Debra Beck
    Michelle Rodriguez – Ceaser
    Sarah Michelle Gellar – Rita Stein
    Summer Glau – Carla Erin Maze
    Carrie Anne Moss – Inc
    Eliza Dushku – Carol ‘Ref’ Jones
    Zoe Bell – Tinker ‘Bells’ Jones
    Gina Carano – Boxer
    Lucy Lawless – Martha ‘Mad’ Maze

    When mothers are to old the daughters takes over. Leaving their homes to fight of a secret cult bending on a quest to introduce a new drug in a small town. Turning the inhabitance into mindless walking souls. Doing the cults bidding. The FBI calls in the force of female elite bounty hunters a.k.a. The Killermaids

  • vincegortho

    First. You need a new generation of women badasses. Hamilton. Weaver. Yeah are too old to be fighting.
    Unfortunately women don’t age well as men do making this a bad idea.
    Second. In what way realistically can a bunch of women realistically engage in combat without it seeming like charlies angels or she-spies?

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  • Waleesa

    Cynthia Rothrock should be here. She’s one of the female action heroes of the 80s. Also throw in Michelle Yeoh and Lucy Liu.

    My perfect cast
    Cynthia Rothrock
    Michelle Yeoh
    Lucy Liu
    Jennifer Garner
    Anne Hathaway
    Gina Carano
    Angelina Jolie

    nuff said.

  • Waleesa

    My perfect cast
    Cynthia Rothrock
    Michelle Yeoh
    Lucy Liu
    Jennifer Garner
    Anne Hathaway
    Gina Carano
    Angelina Jolie

    But then again, can all these women put their egos aside.

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