Sylvester Stallone Directing Jason Statham and Jet Li in The Expendables

November 6, 2008

Sylvester Stallone / Jason Statham / Jet Li

How do you like the sound of that? Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, and Jet Li all kicking some South American ass! Remember way back in February, we wrote about how Stallone had been contracted to direct two action movies? This is one of them. The Expendables will follow a team of mercenaries on a mission to overthrow a South American dictator. Shooting begins in February in Costa Rica and Louisiana. This sounds like a Rambo-like action-filled jungle-set violence extravaganza - and I can't fucking wait! This casting news is just like if Rambo asked both Statham and Jet Li to join his crew to kill some bad guys.

Not to spoil anything, but given the title of the film, it sounds like these mercenaries were sent down to South America but realize halfway through that they're expendable and meant to die. So in the end they turn on their employer and head back up and kick his ass, too. Either way, I'm sure it'll have a lot of violence and I know that's the way we all like it. I really can't think of a better combination of action stars - Stallone, Statham, and Li! Am I dreaming or is this really happening? No details on who wrote the script, so let's just hope that's up to Stallone standards, too. Sounds like one hell of a combination?

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Reader Feedback - 31 Comments


I Can not wait for this. Great cast and Rambo was a great 80's throwback. Hopefully this will be as violent as that film. 😀

Spect8re on Nov 6, 2008


he directs O_o

coyo on Nov 6, 2008


Great article Alex and this should be more than enough action with said actors!

Jeremy on Nov 6, 2008


Not that excited. Jet Lit has only been good in films where he speaks Mandarin, think of Hero. And Statham is probably the most overrated action hero of today. - Het's definitely not bad, but even at his prime, in Richie's films, he's never really blown me away. Vinnie Jones is so much better.

Angelo on Nov 6, 2008


Isn't this the third time we've seen Stratham and Li together? They're great, but I need to see a trailer. The writing and direction has to make this one stand out.

NadaNuff on Nov 6, 2008


Awesome! It appears that Sly has his own "Inglorious Bastards"--like flick. So great to see Sly back in the action limelight. This reads as though it'll be a throwback to the 80s action flicks we grew up loving. We all know that Sly can direct and he's got a keen eye for storytelling---he cuts to the chase without the b.s. ! This is redemption for Li and Statham for their last flick, "War". I hope this flick rocks! 😀

Spider on Nov 6, 2008


Sounds like another mediocre American action flick. I am not a fan of Statham at all. The only actor I like who plays the same character is every movie is Seth Rogen. But that's my opinion 😀

Curtis G on Nov 6, 2008


they are shooting in my country!!! fucking cool...pura vida !!!

Drunkimus on Nov 6, 2008


This will kick ass. Rambo was a really solid little action film with buckets upon buckets of blood and grue. Adding crazy strong martial artists to the mix and South American cartels and shit will only make things better. I love this news!

lincoln on Nov 6, 2008


It's third time Jason and Jet are in one movie, I really hope it's better than the other two.

dave on Nov 6, 2008


HAHAHAHAHAHA this movies is gonna be kickass, i cant wait for it. Knowing what Stallone can do when he directs, I'm sure this movie is gonna have over the top voilence, huge explosions, lots of gun shooting and maybe a little pun in the end

cmedina on Nov 6, 2008


Still waiting for a Jet Li Hollywood movie that does not suck...although I did enjoy 'The One' and 'War'. And this will suck also if he does kung-fu in the jungle...but also if he plays an 'average' machine-gun action hero.

Tschai on Nov 6, 2008


thought jet retired?

James on Nov 6, 2008


I hope Sly can properly direct them to curl their lips in order slur their words and yell incoherently.

Voice Of Reason on Nov 6, 2008


Can you say hardcore R?

Ryan on Nov 6, 2008


Rambo, The Transporter, and Fearless in the same movie? I'm there! 😀

The Real Alex on Nov 6, 2008


Don't worry, James! Jet Li retired from big-budget martial arts epics, but not action movies in general. Hell how could he retire completely? Way too much fun to do crazy movies like this one will be.

Vegeta on Nov 6, 2008


Dang..ah..I mean dang!! Serious fight scenes..and gotta have a smokin' car(s)....yeah...this chick will be there.

Bry from Chi on Nov 6, 2008


Wasn't Jet Li's last movie Fearless?

Kilo Alpha on Nov 6, 2008


Hello Sylvester-yesterday I made a little cry-because I have revised the park bench where I sat with my girlfriend for 1 month, the first month of engagement! And then we were not seated more! But we are always together, eh!

NAOTO DATE on Nov 14, 2008


The creators of Tekken will be very happy I think, to read the sentences you write!

NAOTO DATE on Nov 26, 2008


Hello Sly I want to congratulate you for all the films you've done is a student-to-sciences faculty was in my examination of comparative education standard, progressive study, short-only to find that book or examinations, one must go up and look for 4-storey!???

NAOTO DATE on Nov 27, 2008


My sister makes you compliments for your beauty always liked to six- all remember that at school we did see Rocky 4! It hailed in the professor of mathematics, good,-but terribly shy and always blush! The other lived near my house, the first-walking with his dog-once with my brother turning the micciette and frightened but did not appear! Tomorrow is Sunday and even today we say-training with weights at home too-I like the bodybuilding-but-not exaggerated harmonious.

NAOTO DATE on Nov 29, 2008


My father is country-of Parabita good for people, peasants often- I rose at 6 to go with him in the countryside or went to the house of his grandfather, with cucù the last days of his life, poor, said ... Tie ci Sinti, lu Alessandro o lu Christian? You buy bread huge! All full of soft-remember I went home and my uncle kept the house full of plants-the last day before they died, not even ate-my father asked him to my uncle Massimo ... But why not eat, that from? And he, oh there it Ninu tau you eat, toads? A strong-man- when invited him home on Christmas Day, ate well-let, to the point that a portion for more say ... Ah-ha nun dogghiu!

NAOTO DATE on Nov 29, 2008


Hello Sly I'm exercising with weights to 130 kg-I arrived with the bench press for 7-times-repeated and I'm feeling the music Cafferty!

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


Alivenotdead-Zarathustra i'm-site Quinones!

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


Acts of the Apostles, 5.17 -"... then the high priest and all those who were with him, namely those of the party of the Sadducees, did stop the apostles and threw them in prison for jealousy.But during the night 1 angel of God opened the doors of the prison and made them leave". To tell you, no ... Like the religious authorities of the time of Jesus were slaves of the chair and non-objective were also about the unconscious, or the ability to confront!

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


The fact is this Sly… That 1 in the life must decide from that it leave to be, than make-to choose its philosophy and its way of being-also going counter-current-I am a lot believer in God, I know that God It is, it helps us, us guide, It speaks to us and us a lot in Its forgiveness inspires-and creed, nell' love between the siblings. Shared neither communism neither it does not appeal to the democracy-not to fascism-me I support the persons who do not transmit strong emotions to me and are false, or meschine. It appeals to me to have friends, innamorarmi-non to judge, not to condemn too much-neither I want to feel advanced and despise-I believe that the happiness or a conquest and that it wants to us also l' engagement and l' application in the life, for being able to catch up sure goals. When I pray, I am bene-a times enough to read some phrase of the Gospel in order to become account that we are all in way…

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


The man is a superficial or riduttivisti mystery to oneself same also-being servant not to synthetize l' spirit with the breath or some association of idea. Creed that wants conviction, tenacity, costanza to us and that it must be known also to attend to realize own dream-many things can organize-al catechismo has spoken to many friends about Jesus, creed in He-moreover has happened in my life of the extraordinary facts!

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


Enough they are satisfied of the life that I have made and that make-some small fear c' be-it is clearly-but then one exceeds-unfortunately the guide are many persons bad one-patience-the Gentleman always protect to us! I then try to use the tangential one in order to avoid to litigate itself with the persons-the made I am that a lot wants the consideration to us of the next-the depreciation not servants.

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008


They are fierce of me-I want to be engaged to maximum-also I have suffered in my life, for some things that are happen-when I feel a television news or I make a search appropriated on a specific argument of report, sometimes affect-watching me sure television programs, so much-I do not refer as those in which persons passings they are made see again after 20 year-me seems 1 cruelty-must supplicarle and gives l' love with contagoccie-is alimentary best always l' love-all the friends mine know that I take care myself of voluntary service, engage me for the persons sun, to giving a word of hope, a smile-to search the true true Peace and the quiet ones, after hold often modernized storm-them of what I make, dò some council. Care all' age in which we live, I wanted to say that me it does not seem just to rinnegare the history for some war-and to only think next to modernismo-using l' car, the PC, the light and enough-must understand who has made the history, and thanks to who also we have arrived to sure levels of maturity-am obvious things, for me-I l' car the least use, I visit the churches very, appeals to me l' art nothing, tuttio then goes well-when Giovanni second Paul is died me is dispiaciuto a lot, even if I am of wide views.

NAOTO DATE on Dec 1, 2008

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