After the early success of The Expendables, it’s only natural that word of a sequel is already out. Everyone will have their speculations as to what actors should join the greatest action ensemble ever, including me. Although there are numerous unknowns who’ve cut their teeth in dozens of action flicks, The Expendables 2 deserves more household names and faces to share the explosions and fighting that gave every man with a pair a grin from ear to ear. Hopefully Arnold (if politically possible) and Bruce will get more screen time in the sequel, but the following actors should definitely be considered for major roles regardless.
The stunt man turned actor is best known for his role in the Ong-Bak films. Jaa is highly skilled in martial arts and swordplay and does his own stunts without the use of wires. Although he is young and hasn’t appeared in many films, he would surely give any of the veterans a run for their money in the sequel.
The tall and mysterious actor has been the tough guy in action flicks Snatch, Gone in 60 Seconds, Swordfish and X-Men: The Last Stand. He doesn’t need to say much to have an impact on the screen and can easily fit into the sequel as a villainous henchman that can kick a little butt.
Bolo is the complete opposite of Tony Jaa, in that he is currently 73 years old and has appeared in over a hundred projects, mostly in Asia. He is best known in America for his work in Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport. A bodybuilder, and former martial arts student of Bruce Lee, the Beast of the East would fit right into the sequel as a member of any villain team Sly could come up with.
Women can be badasses too and few are tougher than Sigourney Weaver, who proved herself over the course of four Alien movies. At 61 years old, she is still going strong and can play a high ranking military officer that used to train with The Expendables. She might not have the fighting skills of Maggie Q or Milla Jovovich, but she can handle a weapon and know how to use it.
When Bruce Banner gets mad, he turns into the Hulk. When the Hulk gets mad, he turns into Chuck Norris. No one can deny that Chuck Norris can kick some serious butt and although the 70 year old has gotten away from violent action, there’s no doubt he’d be a great contributor to The Expendables 2. Even if it’s just a minor cameo similar to what Arnold did, having Chuck Norris in the sequel would be a big deal, especially if he was to throw in a roundhouse kick.
After she blew us away with her unforgettable performance in Terminator 2, Linda Hamilton shied away from action so she wouldn’t be typecast as a tough chick. Fair enough to the talented actress, but what better way to pay homage to the genre that made you a star than to shoot em up in The Expendables 2? She is so versatile that she can play a hero, a villain, a soldier or a CIA agent. No matter the role, fans would be stoked to see Linda Hamilton once again with a shotgun in hand.
The man best known for playing Spawn is a legitimate martial artist, having earned black belts in seven martial arts styles. Appearing alongside action legends in Universal Soldier: The Return and Exit Wounds, Michael Jai White would fit the cast perfectly, probably best as a villain. A fight scene against Jason Statham would be violent and entertaining to say the least. White can also be seen as Jax in the dark and mysterious trailer/short film for a hopefully upcoming Mortal Kombat movie.
It only seems natural that Apollo Creed should join Rocky and Captain Ivan Drago for another moment on the big screen, this time trading in fists for guns…and still fists I guess. Although it’s been a while since Carl Weathers has been in an action film, his 1980’s highlights, which include The Predator and Action Jackson, are more than enough to qualify this former professional football player a part in the inevitable sequel.
Michael Madsen is best known for his psychotic portrayal of Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. I think he would be the perfect villain in The Expendables 2 as the leader of a group of drug smugglers or American terrorists or whoever Sly’s got in mind for the bad guy. He’s played his fare share of tough guys and has proven with Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill that he can stand out in an ensemble cast.
I pity the fool who thinks Mr. T wouldn’t be an amazing addition to The Expendables 2. Clubber Lang back on screen with Rocky (and possibly Apollo) would be fun. I see Mr. T as a good guy, maybe a former member of the group or a similar type character to what Mickey Rourke played. Being in The Expendables 2 would make up for his lack of a cameo in the A-Team movie and give the film another former action legend a shot at resurrecting his career.
You might not know the name, but if you’ve seen Kiss of the Dragon or Live Free or Die Hard then you definitely know the face and what this martial artist and stuntman can do. He has done stunts in numerous action movies, including Hitman, Ronin and The Transporter 1 and 2. He is a graceful fighter who makes ridiculous stunts seem effortless and would no doubt be an excellent addition to The Expendables 2, especially as a villain.
The man will always be “The Rock” to me and no matter how many cheesy family movies he makes, he’ll always be a badass. Although he’ll be the baby of the group (he wasn’t even born when Sly started his acting career), he’d still fit in whether it’s as a villain or a hero. A fight against Terry Crews would be awesome and if they can find a place for him on the good team, might as well get Triple H to be the villain so they can rekindle some epic battles. Stone Cold vs. Randy Couture was cool but Triple H vs. The Rock would be classic…literally!
Wesley Snipes, a 5th Degree Black Belt in Shotokan karate, was originally approached by Stallone for a role in The Expendables, but couldn’t do it because of his legal tax issues. If the law and scheduling can work out, hopefully Snipes can join his Demolition Man co-star for the sequel. He can play a hero or villain equally as good so I’m sure there could be a spot for him somewhere in the cast.
Many people thought that of all the people left out of The Expendables, JCVD was the biggest omission. It wasn’t for lack of trying, as Sylvester Stallone offered Van Damm a role in the film, but Van Damm turned it down when Sly didn’t pitch his character particularly well…and by that I mean not at all. Now that the film’s been done, I’m sure JCVD got to see that some of the characters had depth and that the action wasn’t completely mindless (ha!) and is hopefully itching to jump into the sequel. I seem him as a villain or possibly a rogue assassin that rides solo and doesn’t take a side.
Above the Law, Hard to Kill, Marked For Death, Out For Justice, Under Siege and On Deadly Ground. These are Steven Seagal’s first six movies. All are great and all display the 7th Degree Akido master’s ass kicking ability. Although he was asked to be in The Expendables, he turned it down due to a conflict with the producer Avi Lerner. Hopefully they can patch up whatever conflict they have so this action legend can mix it up in the sequel. I think I speak for every man who loves action movies when I say, get Steven Seagal for the sequel and let him fight Jet Li.