Milla Jovovich joins Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham in The Expendables 3
I liken THE EXPENDABLES franchise to the MACHETE franchise in that they’re both paying homage to old, bad movies. But there’s a fine line between paying homage to something and just recreating it. In the case of both franchises, they’re just recreating the cheesy, bad movies they reference. But here’s the thing; when you recreate a bad movie too closely, you basically make another bad movie, which is exactly what EXPENDABLES and MACHETE have done. I’m not sure Sylvester Stallone completely understands that concept and so the first and second EXPENDABLES movies have been critically disappointing, even if they’re making a profit at the box office.
But maybe there’s hope for THE EXPENDABLES 3. Predictably, Stallone has added a few more aging action stars in Nicolas Cage, Wesley Snipes and Jackie Chan, but in a somewhat surprising move, he’s also signed on Milla Jovovich. Jovovich will be a welcomed female addition to the mostly male cast and if Stallone has any clue as to what he’s doing, he’ll make her the main villain. If Milla Jovovich gets relegated to a throwaway wife or girlfriend character, then you can officially count me in the camp that has no hope for these movies. I’m not sure how he’s going to fit all of these guys in and we have to assume that some of the new roles will be villains or minor cameo appearances. And although Jackie Chan previously stated he would only do an Expendables movie if he had a large part, hopefully Stallone was able to talk him out of that. If there’s one person from this huge cast I don’t want to see more of, it’s Jackie Chan.
It’s assumed most of the original cast from the first two films will return, including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews and Randy Couture. It’s still unclear if Chuck Norris and Jet Li will make an appearance, but Mickey Rourke is slated to come back. The director isn’t set in stone yet, but Stallone has tapped Australian director Patrick Hughes, who is in negotiations now.