By: John M Jerva
Reunited and it feels so good! That’s what entered my mind as action star Jason Statham shared a first look image of himself and co-star Sylvester Stallone on Instagram as filming is finally underway on the next Expendables film. See the two action cinema heavyweights decked out in their tactical gear on set of the new entry below!
Statham simply stated that he’s “back in business with the main man” and let me tell you that this pic is welcoming on the eyes to see Lee Christmas and Barney Ross together again. What’s also cool is you see Barney’s vintage car in the background so it looks like he got it fixed from the first film.
Filming is underway in the UK and there are 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 rumored to be 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.
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.
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.
I don’t know about anyone else but I’m pumped and this makes me want to break out the other films and watch the mayhem all over again.
Keep it locked and loaded right here for more details to come as the next Expendables film is officially filming! We have official proof!!!!