The Rock and Jean-Claude Van Damme after roles in ‘The Expendables 2’

More stars bid to join all-star action sequel's cast

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jean-Claude Van Damme are jostling to star in Sylvester Stallone‘s The Expendables sequel.

Action star and former professional wrestler Johnson recently said that he’s keen to appear in the ensemble action sequel – but his involvement wasn’t confirmed.

“It all depends on the material,” he told “I’ve known Sly for a long time now and he’s a buddy of mine so it all depends on the material.”

Van Damme was offered a part in the first movie, which he declined, with Dolph Lundgren being signed up instead. But now it seems he wants to feature in the second film.


“At the time of the first one I was doing a TV show and I wasn’t available,” he told “But they are talking about doing The Expendables 2 and hopefully I will be able to do that one. It’s exciting. Sly is a very smart guy and a great director.”

The first film boasted a who’s-who cast of actions stars including Jason Statham, Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li – as well as Johnson‘s fellow retired pro-wrester Steve Austin.

Stallone has boasted that the sequel will have even more big names, as well as the possibility of Bruce Willis returning for a bigger role.

Other actors reportedly in contention for roles include Laurence ‘Mr T’ Tureaud, Carl Weathers and another pro-wrestler, Hulk Hogan.