Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich Rejected Sylvester Stallone’s $100M Threequel, Regretted When it Made 2X Profit
Counted among the most profitable movie franchises in Hollywood, The Expendables has been a fan favorite for numerous reasons. The first part of the movie was released in 2010 and was co-written and directed by Rocky star Sylvester Stallone. The actor also played the lead role in the film. The movie and its sequels boast a mixed cast of prestigious action stars of both past and present. The multi-starred hit franchise was received well by the audience.
The movie boasts a strong star-studded cast that includes Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Jason Statham, among others. As per reports, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, and Milla Jovovich could have also been part of the movie.
Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich Rejected Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 3In 2012, cast member Randy Couture shared that the third installment of The Expendables would begin production in late 2012 after the release of the second one. In August 2012, producer Avi Lerner shared that Nicolas Cage was signed for the sequel. The Oscar-winning actor was rumored to have been cast in The Expendables 3. He was also considered for The Expendables 2, but no confirmation ever came from the actor’s behalf.
In December 2012, it was reported that Jackie Chan had agreed to join the sequel, on the condition that he would not have a small cameo. The Rush Hour actor stated that he never refused Sylvester Stallone, but he felt the movie already had too many Hollywood legends. Jackie Chan admitted that he would have done a one-on-one fight with Stallone. However, the inclusion of other prominent actors like Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, and, Jean-Claude Van Damme made him back out. Chan had later also stated scheduling conflicts.
Resident Evil fame star Milla Jovovich was also reportedly in negotiations for The Expendables 3. However, the deal could not be reached, hence Jovovich did not appear in the third movie in the franchise.
About The Expendables 3The star cast of the movie The Expendables 3 is quite elaborate and interesting. It included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Antonio Banderas, Randy Couture, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Kellan Lutz, Victor Ortiz, Harrison Ford, and Mel Gibson.
The movie was Sylvester Stallone’s one of the major action movie franchises that kicked off in 2010. Directed by Sylvester Stallone, it brought together a cast of action heroes as a tribute to ‘80s action movies. The Expendables 3 showcases the biggest ensemble in the franchise ever. The Expendables was a big hit with its release with a gross income was $214.6 million.
As per the story of the film, Barney Ross co-founded the Expendables with Conrad Stonebanks. But Ross was forced to kill him as he became an arms dealer. However, he escapes and gets on a mission to end the Expendables. He assembles a younger, faster, and more tech-smart team to fight against the old-school team of Ross.