Arnold Schwarzenegger & Bruce Willis Will Take "Substantial Roles" In 'Expendables 2'

by Edward Davis
September 6, 2011 10:38 AM
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Update: In a profile of the film as it gears up to start shooting Bulgaria, Company Town confirms that Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Jean Claude Van Damme are also on board for "The Expendables 2."

Alright, forget them rumors of Chuck Norris and Jean Claude Van Damme, even if they're correct, "The Expendables 2" just got a much larger dose of action-power star wattage. Yes, both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis had small cameo roles alongside Sylvester Stallone in the original "The Expendables" -- a semi-surprise action hit that grossed $275 million worldwide in 2010. But now, they're apparently taking on much meatier parts.

According to Deadline, both action stars just finalized deals to take “substantial roles" in the action sequel. For Schwarzenegger, this feels like a no-brainer. His movie star comeback was almost instantly derailed when a post-office sex scandal hit earlier this summer (after his divorce from Maria Shriver, it was revealed he’d fathered a love child during an affair with an employee 10 years ago). All of Schwarzenegger's Hollywood projects were put on hold immediately, while his agents and PR reps played damage control.

But what better way for Arnold to return among an ensemble where the film won't be built just on his name. As for Willis, "Die Hard 5" just found its director and therefore is a reality. This tells us studios (20th Century Fox) believe he remains a viable action star, despite all those direct-to-DVD releases of late (but yes, the brand is king these days). Does Willis need this role? We imagine he signed on for a considerable pay day and/or just because he wanted to kick it with the boys.

While Stallone helmed the original film, "Con Air" filmmaker Simon West has directing duties for 'Expendables 2' which starts filming in October. Lionsgate is releasing once again. Returning to the cast is Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke and Terry Crews. Spoiler, one of these men's deaths is rumored to be the spark that triggers the sequel into action; revenge always being a good kickstarter for an action movie. Either way, “The Expendables 2” is slated for release on August 17, 2012.

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2 Comments

  • Waleed | September 7, 2011 6:46 AMReply

    Jean-Claude Van Damme is the real deal!
    He is the most desired action hero to be in the movie by the fans according to the IMDB poll on Facebook. And he is actually one of the few action stars who are still able to "fight" for real among the Expendables! VAN DAMME rules.

  • Sartain | September 7, 2011 6:07 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.

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