Sylvester Stallone Wants Sigourney Weaver to Lead 'Expendabelles'
We're not too far away from the release of The Expendables 3, and since the world premiere just happened across the pond, press were able to speak to the stars and filmmakers behind the veteran action bonanza. And a couple little tidbits about the gestating female driven spin-off The Expendebelles are worth mentioning as THR spoke with producer Avi Lerner and star Sylvester Stallone. First, Lerner revealed, "We’re going to do it at the beginning of next year. We are writing the final lines of the script, we’ve got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it.” And Stallone already had an idea of who should lead.
Stallone said that he would like to see Alien franchise star Sigourney Weaver take the lead in The Expendabelles, and even says that she could be his onscreen wife as a way to tie the film to The Expendables franchise more directly than just the title variation. But as a producer, Stallone also says they're trying to figure out how to pull this off, "With The Expendabelles we’ve got a situation where we’re in unchartered waters. Do we put all women actresses together, would that really work? Or do we have some women who are actually really known to be tough fighters."
With all the box office love there is for female heroes lately, there's no doubt that this would work. And there's a whole slew of talented actresses who can kick ass who could be part of this line-up. After all, it's not as if The Expendables is filled with the best acting talent around. Other women we still want to see in The Expendabelles include Linda Hamilton, Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman, Michelle Rodriguez and Lucy Liu but there's plenty of other big stars like Sandra Bullock and Charlize Theron who could kick ass and bring a bigger audience to the film.
The only downside is the plot is a little chauvinistic as it sees America’s Navy SEALs wiped out while trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists. That means that it's time to bring in some of the world’s deadliest female operatives, who must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator. Making it so that the women have to be seductive instead of just kicking ass just seems a little exploitative, so we hope the script from Legally Blonde writers Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah gets touched up a bit before director Robert Luketic begins production next year. Are you interested in The Expendabelles at all?