From director Renny Harlin, the action-adventure film The Legend of Hercules is a re-imagining of the hero’s epic origins, telling the story from the perspective of a young man struggling with his destiny. Planning to run away and marry the woman he loves, Hercules (Kellan Lutz) is instead sent off to die at war. While gone, he unites with fellow warrior Sotiris (Liam McIntyre) and returns to the kingdom to take his place as the greatest of Greek heroes.
At the film’s press day, actor Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about being obsessed with mythology movies, why this was a dream role for him, working with a director as passionate as Renny Harlin, shooting in 3D, how much he enjoyed working with Liam McIntyre, and what it was like to shoot in Bulgaria. He also talked about working with so many action icons on The Expendables 3, why the project was a dream come true, playing the leader of the young Expendables, and why he thinks the third film will be the best one. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Lionsgate has released a teaser trailer for director Patrick Hughes’ action sequel The Expendables 3. The follow-up finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. There’s no hint of that story in this first teaser trailer as the cast is simply too large to give everyone screentime in the time allotted. Taking that into account, everyone and their mother is wheeled out to strike an action pose in what’s essentially a cast introduction.
Hit the jump to watch the teaser trailer. The film also stars Wesley Snipes, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kelsey Grammer, Antonio Banderas, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell. The Expendables 3 opens on August 15, 2014.
Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront. Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn). Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo. For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Statham and Vidovic. They talked about doing the action scenes, rehearsals, playing a father and daughter, just how many Statham movies Izabela had seen before filming Homefront, and more. In addition, Statham talked about the script by Stallone, how the film attracted great actors to the supporting roles, and The Expendables 3 and Fast & Furious 7. Hit the jump to watch.
With director Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3 due August 15, 2014, I’d imagine we’re getting close to seeing the first trailer/footage from the film. As most of you know, the next installment has Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Returning for the sequel are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford joining the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell. No matter what you think of The Expendables franchise, you have to admit it’s a hell of a cast, and one I can’t wait to see kicking ass next summer.
So while we wait for the first footage to hit, we were sent a promo poster which you can check out after the jump. It’s got the tag line, “Never send a boy to do a man’s job.”
Andy Samberg and Terry Crews’ animated characters in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 couldn’t be more different. The brilliantly sardonic, not to mention rail-thin, Samberg goes against type as the dense, rotund ‘Baby’ Brent. Crews, on the other hand, co-stars as the hyper-masculine super cop Earl Devereaux. The militant character seems like a natural extension of Crews’ live action persona: a potent mixture of badass masculinity with an often-times-played-for-laughs vulnerability. However it’s Crews who is the newbie to the Cloudy franchise. While Samberg reprises his role from the first film, Crews takes over a part previously played by Mr. T. It’s an interesting duality: Samberg re-playing a character so far removed from himself and Crews stepping into a role seemingly tailor-made for him.
In the following interview with Samberg & Crews, the twosome discuss the vocal performance process on Cloudy 2, whether or not Crews could take Mr. T in a fight and working together on the TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In addition, Terry Crews talks about working opposite Wesley Snipes on The Expendables 3. For the full interview, hit the jump.
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.
The Terminator and Indiana Jones were palling around on the first day of filming for the action sequel The Expendables 3, and we have the photographic evidence to prove it. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently shared an image from the set of the actioner that shows him alongside a flight suited-up Harrison Ford with their director Patrick Hughes. The film’s story finds Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his Expendables crew squaring off against Ross’ old partner Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. While we’ll have to wait a while to see the first footage, this image of Schwarzenegger and Ford side by side should make for a sufficient tease.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, Ronda Rousey, and Victor Ortiz. The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on August 15, 2014.
Lionsgate and Millennium Films have announced that principal photography on The Expendables 3 has begun in Bulgaria and at Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia. The upcoming film pits Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and his team against his old partner Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson). Stonebanks is out for revenge, and so Barney must round-up a gang of younger team members to join the Expendables. This is an odd synopsis considering that the high-profile new names are veterans Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, and Harrison Ford. The younger additions consist of Kellan Lutz, Glen Powell, MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, and boxing champion Victor Ortiz. The most notable aspect of the press release is the omissions. Deadline had previously reported that Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich were on board, but they’re not mentioned in this press release. Additionally, Stallone had said that Mickey Rourke would return, but he’s also absent. Perhaps their roles were…dispensable.
Hit the jump for the press release. The Expendables 3 is due out August 15, 2014.
We’re a week out from the start of production on Patrick Hughes’ The Expendables 3 and we’re still not 100% of what the cast will look like. The cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Ortiz, and Kellan Lutz has been confirmed by producer Boaz Davidson (via Bleeding Cool). Notable additions include newcomers Ford, Gibson, Snipes, Banderas, Rousey, Ortiz and Lutz, while the absence of Bruce Willis may not be a permanent move. Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are also expected to appear.
There may still be room for some more whipper-snappers to join the party, especially since Heat Vision reports that 24-year-old Glen Powell (The Dark Knight Rises) has also joined the cast. He’ll play a combat veteran, hacker and drone pilot. Who knows, if he survives to the end of the film, maybe he’ll be in future installments. Look for The Expendables 3 on August 15, 2014.
The cast for The Expendables 3 continues to take shape. A few days ago, Sylvester Stallone revealed that Bruce Willis was out of the film, but that Harrison Ford had now joined the cast. Today, The Wrap reports that Mel Gibson has been confirmed to play the baddie in the pic and Antonio Banderas has signed on to join the action ensemble. Gibson was previously rumored to play the film’s antagonist after Stallone initially reached out to him about possibly directing, and now it appears that the deal has been closed. There’s no firm word on who Banderas will be playing, but one assumes it’ll be a middle-aged character proficient in badassery.
Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is taking the helm this time around, and other cast members include Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, and Milla Jovovoich. The Expendables 3 opens in theaters on August 15, 2014.
The grumpy factor of The Expendables 3 has just undergone a net change of zero. Sylvester Stallone tweeted earlier today that Bruce Willis is out of the film, but Harrison Ford is now in. It’s unclear if Ford will be playing Willis’ character from the previous two films or if he’ll be given a new character, but Stallone noted that he has “been waiting years for this” re: working with Ford. Stallone followed the news up with a tweet that appears to be aimed squarely at Willis: “GREEDY AND LAZY ….. A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE.” Red Hill director Patrick Hughes is poised to direct the sequel with a cast that includes Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, Kellan Lutz, and Milla Jovovich, and we should hear more casting news in the coming weeks. Rumors have swirled that Mel Gibson will be playing the villain, but we have thus far received no confirmation on that front. [Update: The Wrap's Jeff Sneider confirms Ford will play a new character and is not a direct replacement for Willis.]
Production on Expendables 3 should begin later this year or early next year, as the film is slated for release on August 15, 2014.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christopher Walken (Pulp Fiction) will join Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys adaptation as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo.
- Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga) is in talks to join the all-action cast of The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill). Other newcomers include Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz.
- Jessica Alba (Sin City) will board Joe Carnahan’s action-comedy, Stretch.
- Danny McBride (Eastbound and Down) has signed on for writer-director Cameron Crowe’s new project, a rumored reimagining of his Deep Tiki script.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
We heard last month that Mel Gibson was eying the villain role in The Expendables 3. The intersection between Expendables fans and those who somehow remain in Gibson’s corner will find Sylvester Stallone‘s latest tweet interesting: “Mad Max vs Barney Ross……” Although the Lethal Weapon series is more in line with the Expendables approach to life, Stallone’s wording is slightly catchier than “Martin Riggs vs Barney Ross……” Notice that Stallone did not tweet “Mel Gibson has officially signed on to play the villain in The Expendables 3……,” so this is far from official. Stallone knows more than we do, but we will wait for more information on the nature and size of Gibson’s role, if he’s in the sequel at all.
Starring Stallone, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich, The Expendables 3 opens August 15, 2014.
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.
We’ve got release date news concerning two upcoming Sylvester Stallone action films to share. First up, Lionsgate has solidified an August 15, 2014 release date for the sequel The Expendables 3. We recently learned that Red Hill director Patrick Hughes has been tapped to helm the follow-up, and Jackie Chan, Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes, and Milla Jovovich are all confirmed to be appearing alongside Sylvester Stallone and company. The pic currently has that late summer release date all to itself, and filming will likely get underway later this year.
Additionally, Summit has pushed the Stallone/Arnold Schwarzenegger prison break film Escape Plan back from September 13th to October 18th of this year. The film will now face off against the horror remake Carrie, the Jeff Bridges-fronted fantasy pic The Seventh Son, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt directorial debut Don Jon.
[Update: Additionally, Universal has now announced that the Liam Neeson-fronted airplane thriller Non-Stop will open on February 28, 2014.]