Meanwhile, the film's producer is apparently in talks with several other female action stars

Haywire star Gina Carano has joined a new movie conceived as an all-female version of The Expendables.

The project, announced last month (August 2012), is being steered by producer Adi Shankar, who has previously enjoyed success with action movies including Machine Gun Preacher and this month’s Dredd 3D. Shankar has already hired up-and-coming screenwriter Dutch Southern to pen a script.

Discussing Carano’s attachment to the project, Shankar told Variety: “I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba.”

Carano, 30, is a former martial arts champion who was hand-picked by director Steven Soderbergh to star in his 2011 action thriller Haywire, which also starred Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum. You can watch the film’s trailer below. She is currently shooting Fast And Furious Six with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Meanwhile, Shankar is said to be in discussions with “several [other] prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre”. Names previously linked to the project include Alien‘s Sigourney Weaver, Terminator 2‘s Linda Hamilton, Milla Jovovich from the Resident Evil series and Carano’s Fast And Furious co-star Michelle Rodriguez.