And Sly Stallone is now eyeing up Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke

Nicolas Cage has joined the cast of The Expendables 3.

Franchise creator Sylvester Stallone confirmed Cage’s role in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais. He also admitted that he is hoping to persuade Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke to sign up.

Speaking back in August, franchise producer Avi Lerner let slip that Cage, Ford, Snipes and Rourke were all on the wish list for The Expendables 3. He also revealed that he had a character in mind for Clint Eastwood, though Eastwood has since said that he is “probably not” interested.

Released in 2010, the original The Expendables film teamed Stallone with a raft of ageing action heroes, including Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mickey Rourke. The tongue-in-cheek action flick became an unexpected hit at the box office, grossing over $274 million (£174 million) worldwide.

The Expendables 2 added Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris to the muscle-bound mix, but Rourke chose to sit it out. The sequel opened in cinemas this August (2012) and has beaten the original at the box office, with worldwide takings exceeding $289 million (£180 million). The Expendables 3 is currently in development.