It is being reported that Arnold Schwarzenneger and Bruce Willis have been confirmed as having “substantial” roles in The Expendables 2! Production on the film ramps up soon with Stallone handing the directing reigns over to Simon West. Stallone will still play the central character, Barney Ross, who will be supported by most of the original cast and some new ones. So far it appears that Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li will reprise their roles and there is some strong conjecture that Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris will be joining the cast as well.
I’m actually really excited to hear that Schwarzenegger and Willis are returning for Expendables 2. I thoroughly enjoyed their cameo roles in the first one and thought it was amazing to see the trio up on screen together for the first time. I don’t know what “substantial” means as far as how big their roles will be in the sequel but as far as I’m concerned bringing them together again for longer than what we got in the original is a big treat. I only hope that this time, instead of verbally sparring with each other, we get to see them fight alongside each other (or even against each other). If the Van Damme and Norris speculation comes true, I think this movie will just be bonkers. It’d be like The Avengers but with action legends! You can argue the quality of the original but what sells it for me is that the action is a lot of fun and so is the cast (admittedly, Stallone is a big draw for me.. as I said before, I’m an unapologetic fan of the man). I am a little worried with Simon West directing but, in the end, he could be suitable for a movie like this. Expendables 2 is shaping up to be a must-see film for me. The film is currently scheduled for release on August 17, 2012.