The Expendables have returned, and they’ve brought along a few new recruits for their mission. Lionsgate announced on Monday that Megan Fox, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and Tony Jaa will join the cast.
The most recent installment, The Expendables 3, was released in 2013, and the franchise’s future has been in doubt since then. Jason Statham and Sylvester Stallone are bringing the series back thanks to a partnership between Lionsgate and Millennium Media (with whom Fox recently collaborated on Till Death). Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture, who have appeared in all three Expendables films, join them.
The Expendables films have attracted a wide range of action stars over the years, from Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Jet Li, Steve Austin, and at least a dozen others. The latest instalment in the series will be no exception. While the initial announcement only includes Fox, Jackson, and Jaa, many more action stars are expected to join Statham and Stallone’s army in the near future.
Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct the new film, but it’s unclear what the storey will be about. Statham will play the male lead this time around, rather than Stallone, according to the Hollywood Reporter, who broke the news first. Fox will play the female lead.
The release date for the next Expendables film, which may or may not be titled The Expendables 4, has yet to be determined.