Sylvester Stallone has dismissed reports that Nicolas Cage is already on board for The Expendables 3.
Yesterday (November 6), it was widely reported that Cage had signed up for The Expendables 3 after Stallone seemed to confirm his role in an interview with a Spanish newspaper. However, Stallone has now insisted that the article was misconstrued, telling Deadline that he “has no knowledge of Nic Cage joining Expendables 3“.
Speaking back in August (2012), franchise producer Avi Lerner revealed that he is hoping to persuade Cage, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke to take part in the third movie. He also let slip 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.