I’m sort of surprised at how interested I am in The Expendables 2: Expendable Boogaloo. The first one was really no more than mildly amusing, but there were glimpses of the potential for a much better movie in there. It was entirely too humorless, although the rapport between Stallone and The Statham was rather promising. Now, the casting rumors are flying all over the damn place, and we’re finally getting some confirmations.
Most of the original cast — Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews, and Mickey Rourke — are likely to return. Additionally, Deadline is now reporting that Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger have been locked in, and this time for much more substantial roles. I kind of dug their brief pissing contest in the first one, so I’m down with that.
The remaining rumored cast gained some momentum as well. Moviehole claimed over the weekend that Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme had been added as well, although there has been no official confirmation. And the final rumor is still totally unsubstantiated, but would be more awesome than any of the other casting news — the possibility that Donnie Yen would play a part.
Fuckin’ Donnie Yen, man.