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?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
I'd love to see either Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton as the leader of the group! I think this type of movie would be just as fun as the Expendables was...nostalgic and lots of ka-booms! I think it would draw the same audience as Expendables plus a lot more females...safe bet I'd go with.
Gohikeone on Aug 5, 2014
Oh! Interesting! Got my attention.
avconsumer2 on Aug 5, 2014
I'd throw Lucy Lawless into the mix, Michelle Yeoh (sp?) and Milla Jovovich
TheOct8pus on Aug 5, 2014
if it just as good as the expendables 3 it will not work! The entire movie is shot in Bulgaria!! It's cheap of course but that's also the entire feeling of the movie...
Avi on Aug 5, 2014
This should be easy money.
Matthew South on Aug 5, 2014
Throw in Carrie-Anne Moss while you're at it.
Gshift on Aug 5, 2014
Sweet. This would a good way to reboot or whatever this already tired franchise.
DAVIDPD on Aug 5, 2014
This sounds as stupid as the Expendables, which is nothing but a nostalgia vehicle for a bunch of tired old action heroes, who are far too old to be convincing action heroes. Since I'm a fan of Kate Beckinsale, and since she has just recently started taking some interesting roles again, I can only hope she either says no to this or isn't picked. Kate has done enough of these sexy ass kicker roles. This offers nothing.
Joe_HTH on Aug 5, 2014
EP3 is beyond terrible. Cheap setups and just awful editing. I mean, wow its bad. Mel is kinda bad ass. I like to see him in a better movie tho. Even its selling point, the action is lame. Where's the hard 80s/90s action? Its all lame pg13 bullshit. These movies feel like, no script, no direction, cheap cheap and cheaper.
Sascha Dikiciyan on Aug 5, 2014
My choice for the Expandebelles: Parillaud (the original Nikita), Nielsen, Hamilton, Rothrock, Lawless, Laurer (Chyna), Weaver.
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Aug 5, 2014
We REALLY need a new working title...
T. Hakeem on Aug 8, 2014
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