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Taylor Lautner, Nicolas Cage & Christian Slater, Reportedly On 'The Expendables 2' Wishlist

The Playlist By Gabe Toro | The Playlist August 26, 2011 at 12:56PM

'80s Action Star Christopher Lambert Reportedly Sought For Sequel As WellSince nearly everyone and his mother was linked to casting rumors for the first installment of "The Expendables," it only makes sense that there would be a whole new list of potential recruits for the sequel. Moviehole confirms that previously suggested names like Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Donnie Yen are indeed being mentioned as possibilities, with Yen even receiving an offer But wait, there's more, as those names are just the tip of the iceberg because the folks at Nu Image, as well as director Simon West and star Sylvester Stallone, have reportedly drafted a pretty gaudy wishlist of potential players.
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'80s Action Star Christopher Lambert Reportedly Sought For Sequel As Well



Since nearly everyone and his mother was linked to casting rumors for the first installment of "The Expendables," it only makes sense that there would be a whole new list of potential recruits for the sequel. Moviehole confirms that previously suggested names like Chuck Norris, John Travolta and Donnie Yen are indeed being mentioned as possibilities, with Yen even receiving an offer But wait, there's more, as those names are just the tip of the iceberg because the folks at Nu Image, as well as director Simon West and star Sylvester Stallone, have reportedly drafted a pretty gaudy wishlist of potential players.

The names dropped so far are certainly eye-opening. Nicolas Cage, Taylor Lautner, Christopher Lambert and Christian Slater are mentioned, though it remains to be seen just how likely these candidates actually are. Cage, who isn't the headlining star he once was, is desperate for a big payday in a movie people want to see. With no frou-frou objections to the type of movie "The Expendables 2" is meant to be, Cage, who has worked with the notoriously shady Nu Image more than any current leading man, seems like he'd fit in hand in glove.

Lautner is another matter. He's been taking strides to establish himself as a bonafide leading man in the action genre, with "Abduction" seeing release in the next couple of weeks, and "Incarceron" a potential new franchise. Does he want to slip into an ensemble like "The Expendables"? If Lautner plays his cards right, he could have a Gerard Butler-type career, which would be painful for all of us, but good for his brand. Lionsgate, who is releasing "Abduction," may want to keep him in the fold, but it's not certain what an 'Expendables' sequel holds for him.

Lambert and Slater probably have less scruples about signing on. Slater's probably a recommendation from Stallone, as the two are currently working on "Bullet To The Head" together, though he may have to juggle other obligations, as his once-canceled Fox series "Breaking In" just scored a surprise renewal. And Lambert, who has a bit part in "Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance," has been mixing it up with independent, foreign and studio projects, but has never been too busy to ignore a sizable paycheck, and would be bringing his significant "Highlander" cachet to "The Expendables" roster.

All this said, it should be noted that no offers have been made yet and hell, none of these guys may end up being involved so if anything, its an indication of where casting wants to go. What's most interesting about these names is the wide net they cast, as these actors likely would not be up for the same roles. Particularly Lautner, who, being significantly younger than the other 'Expendables,' would likely be filling the role of the young Expendable that Liam Hemsworth was set to play in the first film before being jettisoned by a re-write. This probably means that, like the first film, they are going to head into a shooting schedule with a constantly changing script; Lionsgate has already penciled in the movie for an August 17th, 2012 release date, so the clock is certainly ticking.

This article is related to: Films, Actors, The Expendables 2, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lambert, Christian Slater, Taylor Lautner


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