Robert Luketic to Direct Female Action Ensemble 'The ExpendaBelles'
by Ethan Anderton
February 6, 2014
After directing a mix bag of films like Killers, 21 and Legally Blonde, director Robert Luketic is going to round up some tough females for the gestating action ensemble The ExpendaBelles. Last fall, producer Avi Lerner had said Milla Jovovich, Cameron Diaz and Meryl Streep were in talks for roles, but right now nobody is set to star in the film and producers are just now coming up with a shortlist of actresses they would like to pursue. Luketic will be reunited with his Legally Blonde writers Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah, who are scripting this estrogen-fueled match to Sylvester Stallone's successful The Expendables.
So what's the story? Well, Deadline says America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out 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. Sounds like this could easily be the plot for some kind of Skinemax movie, but whatever. The question is just what kind of actresses will be pursued to join the cast?
If they're going with just tough women who have made a name for themselves in action roles, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton, Kate Beckinsale, Uma Thurman, Michelle Rodriguez and Lucy Liu come to mind. But big names like Sandra Bullock could also have a place in the cast. Could Luketic try to get his Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon in on the fun? Will younger names like Blake Lively, Chloe Moretz or Kristen Stewart get a shot? We'll have to wait and see how the casting comes together.
mean Director , FANTASTIC Casting Very Exited For This , Make it "R-rated" please
Ehsan Davodi on Feb 6, 2014
They couldn't get a woman to direct it as well?
Nielsen700 on Feb 6, 2014
This is stupid. The Expendables was about a bunch of over the hill male action stars. If they're going to be doing this, they should get actresses like, Grace Jones, Demi Moore, Cynthia Rothrock, Michelle Yeoh, and Pam Grier. The only ones that they got right are Sigourney Weaver and Linda Hamilton. Even though I love me some Kate Beckinsale and Mila, they're still too young to be consider in this group.
nate on Feb 6, 2014
The title is cloying and silly. Why does the female version need to be a cheap pun about gender? It's like the Smurfs. They're all just Smurfs, with traits or skills. Until the token female is just "Smurfette", using the French feminine suffix (and no other skill or trait). By that logic, the male films should have been called "The ExpendaBalls". And the plot suggests the only reason to send female operatives into action, is for sex appeal. It sounds like something straight out of the 1970s, from a room full of cigar munching movie executives. It's a joke when we now have Katniss Everdeen.
crystaltowers on Feb 6, 2014
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