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Have Jean-Claude Van Damme & Chuck Norris Officially Joined 'Expendables 2'?

by Gabe Toro
September 4, 2011 2:21 AM
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Duo Listed In 'The Expendables 2' Cast On Millenium Films' Website

Casting rumors have long been circulating for "The Expendables 2," with names like John Travolta, Donnie Yen and Taylor Lautner among those being linked to the action sequel. While none of these have been confirmed, the website for Millennium Films has posted a cast list for the high testosterone actioner, slated for release next August, and in addition to the returning cast, the two new names are ones we've heard about several times already: Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Norris, 71 years old, has proven to be a world-class martial artist, and had brief success in the 80s with a run of low-brown actioners like "Delta Force" and "Invasion U.S.A." that, honestly, were not without their charms. In his advanced years, he has sadly become a political Tea Party mouthpiece, contributing columns to WorldNetDaily, a website known for spotlighting right wing punditry. Not counting a cameo in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," this will be his first big-screen role in more than fifteen years.

Van Damme, 51, famously turned down a role in the first "Expendables," though it appears he won't make the same mistake twice. While Van Damme had similar big screen success as Norris, he also entered a punchline phase of his career, ended by his humanist, semi-autobiographical turn in "JCVD." While neither Norris or Van Damme's roles have leaked, the rumor right now is that Van Damme would play a villain.

Millennium also has the synopsis of the film which, weirdly enough, reads just like the description that was leaked earlier this year that Sylvester Stallone has since debunked, revolving around the death of a major Expendable, the arrival of his daughter and, you guess it, a dictator trying to squash a resistance movement. Stallone and company are nothing if not reliable.

The cast list confirms the return of each major actor from the first film, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis, but they added one more surprise in direct-to-DVD star Scott Adkins (who recently co-starred with Van Damme in "Assassination Games"). But none of this should be set in stone until the film sees release: Stallone was constantly re-writing the original film, and there were even casting decisions announced, then jettisoned (wherefore art thou, 50 Cent?). In whatever shape it takes, "The Expendables 2" is slated for release on August 17, 2012.

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  • gabriela | September 8, 2011 10:14 AMReply

    I LOVE this man JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME , please give me 2'' face tot face with him , it is my DREAM

  • Karateka | September 7, 2011 5:40 AMReply

    Excuse me!

    When Van Damme turned down the first Expendables, it Was Not a mistake! It was a wise decision.
    Sorry, but the first film was a joke.

  • Adam | September 4, 2011 10:31 AMReply

    Chuck Norris should fight in at the end if the movie and fight with the expendables 2.

  • Anonymous | September 4, 2011 7:44 AMReply

    Norris in TE2? I'm super excited!

  • Spider | September 4, 2011 6:42 AMReply

    Awesome, if this is true! Jet Li will make an appearance in the flick, according to what I've read! Other AWESOME POTENTIALS:

    Michael Dudikoff
    Miles O'Keeffe
    Ralf Moeller
    Nick Mancuso
    Jack Scalia
    Matthias Hues
    Michael Jai White
    Ray Park
    Ken Wahl
    John Travolta --either an agent or badass mercenary/ hitman like "From Paris with Love"

  • Donnie Penn | September 4, 2011 5:24 AMReply

    I hope in the sequel, there will be more amazing fight scenes.

    If Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme are now confirmed, it would be good if they include Jackie Chan, Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White, Kurt Angle and Bill Goldberg.

  • actionfan2000 | September 4, 2011 4:28 AMReply

    Where jet li? He part of the expendables. That suck if jet li doesn't return in the expenables 2. It would be nice to see jet li vs donnie yen in the expenables 2 since rumor that donnie yen might be in part 2

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