Stallone Confirms Mel Gibson & Antonio Banderas for 'Expendables 3'

August 9, 2013

Mel Gibson & Antonio Banderas

Big news for fans of The Expendables, as Stallone has lined up a few other big names for the next sequel. After rumors for months that Mel Gibson would be appearing in the film, Sylvester Stallone has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that Gibson will indeed be in the movie. And, as rumored, he will be playing the main villain, the "bad buy" in the next Expendables sequel due out in August of 2014. In addition, Stallone confirmed that Spanish actor Antonio Banderas will appear as well. Stallone referred to Banderas as "a consummate actor and a gentleman" in a statement about his casting. They're rounding up quite a selection.

The Expendables 3, written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Patrick Hughes (Red Hill), includes all the guys from the past two: Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and of course Arnold Schwarzenegger (who showed up in the second movie). Last week it was confirmed that Bruce Willis would not be returning, instead Stallone nabbed Harrison Ford for a role even though it may just be a cameo. Now we can add both Antonio Banderas and Mel Gibson to the kick ass ensemble cast, officially. Which tops things off in a huge way because this already has Milla Jovovich, Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan and Kellan Lutz involved, too. Shooting begins later this year for an August 2014 release.

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all for the cost of one Bruce Willis.

DanHibiki on Aug 9, 2013


Mel needs more movies.

Xerxexx on Aug 9, 2013


I liked the second one very much! So I am curious!

Avi on Aug 9, 2013


Antonio, great choice.

LCworld on Aug 9, 2013


The director has only shot one feature film before this as well ! Still quite new to the game. Id be shitting my pants with all these legends to direct.

Al Apone on Aug 9, 2013


Stop already................ Stop adding actors and write something good for the ones that you have!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roderick on Aug 9, 2013


Alright! El Mariachi and El Road Warrior!

grimjob on Aug 9, 2013


NO! not Mel!

Jimmy Love on Aug 10, 2013


I find it hard to believe that Stallone and Willis are having that much trouble...I mean they started a restaurant business with Ahnold.

Jimmy Love on Aug 10, 2013


Sweet! Love Mel Gibson! and Antonio B. These movies haven't been the greatest, they are a bit campy and corny lol but they are still entertaining. I love what sly has created with this franchise bringing all these great icons together, I just wish they would make these movies a bit more serious and epic and not so CHEESY lol.

batsupe on Aug 10, 2013



Christopher Philip Cinquegrano on Aug 10, 2013


Arnold "showed up" in the first,too.Very excited about this.

Dido on Aug 10, 2013


Cool. Though, I'm weary that Sly's scriptwriting will incorporate lots more cheesy references--this time, "Road Warrior", "Desperado", etc., it would be cool if he comes up with something serious and special. All these action icons would definitely merit a worthy script. This is a perfect chance to re-invent the franchise.

Spider on Aug 11, 2013

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