THE EXPENDABLES Begins UK Filming as More Cast is Announced

By: John M Jerva

It’s finally a reality people! Screen Daily has brought the word that the next Expendables film has actually started principal photography in the UK as most key territories have been sold for the film’s distribution. The site also adds that more casting news has been announced although it’s still nothing to get excited about.

Per Screen Daily: Principal photography began on Wednesday (September 29) and will continue to shoot at the company’s Nu Boyana Studios production facility in Bulgaria, and Greece.

Deals have closed in Latin America (California Filmes), Middle East (Eagle Films), South Korea (Joy n Cinema), CIS and Baltics (Top Film), Japan (Pony Canyon), India, Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia (MVP), Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks) and Eastern Europe (Vertical Entertainment). Lionsgate holds rights for the US, Canada and UK.

Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren in a scene from Expendables 3

There have been additions to the cast as well as they include Sheila Shah (Rambo: Last Blood), Jacob Scipio, who I did think was pretty solid in Bad Boys for Life and Levy Tran. They join the cast that already includes franchise regulars Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone. Arnold Schwarzenegger is also returning. Other new additions include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Megan Fox, Andy Garcia and Tony Jaa who up to this point has been the only real action star addition to get fans excited about.

From L to R: Levy Tran, Jacob Scipio and Sheila Shah

Stunt pro Scott Waugh takes over in the director’s chair and he helms from a script penned by Spenser Cohen with current revisions turned in by Max Adams and John Joseph Connolly.

Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson and Trevor Short are serving as executive producers via Millennium Films.

“The Expendables continues to be one of Millennium’s most successful franchises to date and we, alongside our partners around the world, couldn’t be more excited to kick off this fourth installment. Big action films continue to be what the theatrical experience is all about. Add an esteemed franchise with adored stars to mix, and its recipe for a remarkably entertaining moviegoing experience. We are incredibly honored to be able to bring films like this and many more to fans across the globe,” stated JJ Nugent who is the Millennium Media VP of international sales and distribution

With production firmly under way, hopefully we get some stellar action casting news soon. Once again this one sounds like it’s going to be a Jason Statham led spin-off film although until we get a more concrete plot, we’ll just have to wait and see. At this point, it looks like John Wick 4 who has added Donnie Yen, Scott Adkins and Marko Zaror is more of an Expendables movie then the actual one here.

Keep it locked and loaded right here for more details to come as the next Expendables film is officially filming!

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