‘Expendables 3’ gets August 2014 release date

Sylvester Stallone returns with rumoured new recruits Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes and Nicholas Cage

Expendables 3 will open in cinemas on August 15, 2014.

Sylvester Stallone is set to return as Barney Ross, who leads a ragtag group of mercenaries as they undertake perilous missions. Wesley Snipes, Nicholas Cage and Jackie Chain are strongly rumoured to be joining the cast, with production due to begin in August 2013.

Confirming that he had been approached, Jackie Chan last month (May) told Empire: “[The Expendables team] did contact me, but right now I have not read the script yet. I’d love to work with Stallone, but until I get back next week and meet Stallone and his manager, see the script… that’s when he’ll tell me what happens.”

He added: “I’d most like to have a fight scene with Stallone. Though I’d like to team up with him against the bad guy. There are so many action stars involved, it must be so difficult being the director. How do you share out every scene? ‘I want to do something special, I want to do something special!’ At the end, it’s all small parts, small parts, small parts. I want a big part! I hope I have a big part with Stallone!”

Back in November (2012), it was reported that Nicolas Cage had joined the cast for The Expendables 3, but Stallone quickly dismissed this rumour. Producer Avi Lerner had previously revealed that Cage was on his wish list for the movie – alongside Harrison Ford, Clint Eastwood, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke.

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 last August (2012) and has beaten the original at the box office, with worldwide takings exceeding $289 million (£180 million).