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'Expendables' Spin-off 'ExpendaBelles' Gets 'Legally Blonde' Scribes, Plus Carano & Sackhoff UPDATED

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by Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
October 12, 2012 8:32 PM
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"ExpendaBelles" -- Millenium's spin-off of "The Expendables" -- has found two scribes; "Legally Blonde"'s Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. The project wants to "show the feminine side of the mercenary business," but will be going much younger with its female version. The median age of "The Expendables" was 57. So far they've got 30-year old Gina Carano ("Haywire") and 32-year old Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Galactica"). EARLIER:

Sounds like a great idea. There's just one tiny problem. In what universe will Hollywood produce a film about a bunch of aging female action-stars with a median age of 57? Most men, when presented with the concept of kick-ass women in action, can't help but think in terms of babes like 34-year-old Michelle Rodriguez. But the whole "Expendables" idea is about casting older--yes, senior--established action stars in an ensemble. It's about reminding us they can STILL kick butt.

Consider the age of the main players in "Expendables" 1 and 2: Chuck Norris: 72; Sylvester Stallone: 66; Arnold Schwarzenegger: 65. Mickey Rourke: 59; Bruce Willis: 57; Dolph Lundgren: 54 and Jean-Claude Van Damme: 51. At 44, Jason Statham and Jet Li are the two babies of the group. The playing field for men and women in Hollywood has never been equal, and certainly not in the action genre. It's tougher to round up a group of kick-ass women who can wield a gun, fight and star in an action film and/or TV series. But it's not impossible. Given the inequalities that have only recently started to change for women in action films, we've lowered our age range --but only to 35.

Sigourney Weaver and Ian Holm in "Alien"
Sigourney Weaver and Ian Holm in "Alien"

We can toss around names, but the likelihood is slim that the best of these actresses --our dream team of six includes Sigourney Weaver, Helen Mirren, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Yeoh, Carrie-Anne Moss and Angelina Jolie--would sign up for such a B-flick. If only some women would write up a smart script...

ESTABLISHED ACTION ICONS

Kate Beckinsale: 39 ("Underworld" trilogy)

Linda Hamilton: 55 ("The Terminator," "The Terminator 2")

Angelina Jolie ("Tomb Raider," "Wanted," "SALT")

MIlla Jovovich: 37 ("Resident Evil" series)

Lucy Lawless: 44 ("Zena: Warrior Princess," "Battlestar Galactica," "Spartacus")

Sigourney Weaver: 62 ("Alien," "Aliens")

Michelle Yeoh: 50 ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," "Tomorrow Never Dies")

TOUGH WOMEN WITH ACTION CHOPS

Halle Berry: 46 ("X-Men" trilogy, "Catwoman")

Sandra Bullock: 48 ("Speed," "Miss Congeniality")

Geena Davis: 56 ("Thelma & Louise," "Cutthroat Island," "A League of Their Own," "The Long Kiss Goodnight")

Jennifer Garner: 40 ("Alias," "Electra," "Daredevil")

Daryl Hannah: 52 ("Blade Runner," "Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2")

Famke Jenssen: 47 ("GoldenEye," "X-Men" trilogy)

Lucy Liu: 43 ("Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Charlie's Angels")

Demi Moore: 49 ("G.I. Jane")

Carrie-Anne Moss: 44 ("The Matrix" trilogy)

Cynthia Rothrock: 55 ("Undefeatable," "Above the Law")

Charlize Theron: 37 ("Hancock," "Æon Flux")

Uma Thurman: 42 ("Kill Bill Vol. 1," "Kill Bill Vol. 2")

TOUGH WOMEN WITH GUNS, NO ACTION CHOPS

Judi Dench: 77 ("Bond")

Helen Mirren: 67 ("The Debt," "Red")

Kathleen Turner: 58 ("Romancing the Stone," "Prizzi's Honor," "V.I. Warshawski")

Susan Sarandon: 65 ("Thelma & Louise")

Empire made a few suggestions too.

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  • Adam J B | May 6, 2014 2:41 AMReply

    The Expendabelles should be a large hit.
    The team of mercenaries should consist of Emma Watson, Sharon Stone, Demi Moore, Angelina Jolie, Linda Hamilton, Lucy Liu, Yu Nan, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Lawless, Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Michelle Rodreigez, Kate Beckinsale, Helen Mirren, Kristana Loken and Uma Thurman. The team's contact would be Jamie Lee Curtis. The villans would be Scarlet Johanson, Bridget and Jane Fonda, Cameron Diaz and Clarie Daines.

    Jason Statham, Jet Li, Matt Damon and Pierce Brosnan would be four of the old Expendables band who tag along. Carrie Ann Moss and Liam Neeson would be the leaders of a group of rebels fighting against the Fondas' armies, and Harrison Ford and Chuck Norris would be two ageing bounty hunters who Beckinsale used to work with who lend a hand.

    I say it's time to bring out the next generation of badass heroines in Hollywood.

  • Candace | October 14, 2012 3:23 AMReply

    PAM GRIER!! and Grace Jones and Angela Bassett (Strange Days)...

  • Miro | October 10, 2012 12:13 PMReply

    I think Neve Campbell will be great for a role in that movie. Yeah, I know she's not a action hero, but... I mean, come on! The Scream series... She is a totally badass as Sidney Prescott.

  • DUNCAN | September 29, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    If your going to make a female version of expendables I do think you really need to have Cynthia Rothrock she is fantastic and perhaps at a later date you could team up the women with the men, that would be some action film that I am sure wold make a lot of money as people love these sort of films and if youve got people in it like Jason Statham, Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris and Cynthia Rothrock you would have a real crowd puller which I am sure loads of people would go and see this film

  • Shawn Gordon | September 27, 2012 7:42 PMReply

    Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren should play a couple of assassins trying to take each other out. You're never too old to die hard.

  • Peter Nellhaus | September 26, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    Established action stars? Look to Hong Kong where they have been making action movies starring women for over forty years. Several of the women also speak English, and quite well, given the chance. I've read that Brigitte Lin might take a break from retirement. Also, there is Maggie Cheung, whose action chops have been proven in several films. Heck, 65 year old Cheng Pei-pei, one of the first Shaw Brothers female action stars, speaks English. I got to meet her a few years ago at a special screening of "Come Drink with Me".

  • David C | September 25, 2012 1:29 PMReply

    Add two from the Empire list: Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez. And while we're at it, why not "the new Ripley," Noomi Rapace?

  • Russ Whitfield | September 23, 2012 3:29 AMReply

    There's something like this in the pipeline already, partially cast and "in development": www.soldiergirlsmovie.com

  • GLENN | September 22, 2012 10:22 PMReply

    PAM GRIER????????????????? SHE IS A ICON !!!

  • cadavra | September 22, 2012 5:53 PMReply

    " In what universe will Hollywood produce a film about a bunch of aging female action-stars with a median age of 57?"

    Answer: In any universe with a producer willing to think a little outside the box. It only takes one. The Road to Hell is paved with billboards for monster hits that were passed on and/or put in turnaround by major studios before someone else decided to roll the dice.

  • Brian | September 21, 2012 8:22 PMReply

    Michelle Yeoh and Cynthia Rothrock are the only names in this post that deserved to be there. Oh, all right, I'll allow an honorable mention to Uma Thurman for KILL BILL and Geena Davis for THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT. Yeoh and Rothrock even co-starred in a Hong Kong kung fu/policewoman classic called YES, MADAM! (aka IN THE LINE OF DUTY 2) in 1985, directed by Corey Yuen.

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