Clint Eastwood in talks for Expendables 3

Exclusive: And producer Avi Lerner reveals who else he wants for the sequel...



The Expendables 2 is out this week, and to celebrate, we sat down with producer Avi Lerner to discuss the movie.

And, during our chat, Lerner revealed that he’s in talks with some of the biggest names in cinema for Expendables 3.

“We’ve approached Clint Eastwood to be one of the guys, we’ve got a character in mind for him. We’re talking to Harrison Ford. [And we want] Wesley Snipes when he comes back from prison. I’ll give you one more name, we’ve got Nicolas Cage to play [one of the characters].”

“And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars [will return]”

Which is obviously fairly incredible.

If Lerner manages to get all of the above, along with all the returning stars from Expendables 1 and 2, all we need to know is whether it would be possible for us to buy our tickets now. We'll take 10, just in case we lose the other nine. 

Before we get to a fairly spoilery section of the interview, we’d just like to apologise for not catching the name of Nicolas Cage’s Expendables 3 character. It’s mainly because we got so excited we dropped our Dictaphone.

We’ve listened to the recording several times now, and we’re pretty sure Lerner says that Cage will be playing someone called Hunter Grimlenson. Or it could be Hunter Gatherer. Or something that has nothing to do with Hunters. You heard it here first!

Anyway, we’re about to get to something very spoilery now, so if you haven’t seen the film yet, we advise heading straight to the comments section.

Seriously, it’ll spoil your fun to read on, so stop now if you haven’t seen the film.


During our chat with Lerner, Jean-Claude Van Damme wandered over to say hello. He seemed in exceptionally good spirits, and just before he left, he said:

“Thank you for everything Avi, and thank you for Expendables 3!”

“We can bring in your twin brother!” Lerner replied with a chuckle.

Now, as anyone who’s seen Expendables 2 will attest, that’s pretty much the only way that Van Damme could return.

Though there’s a very real chance Lerner was joking, we would love to see Jean-Claude play his own evil twin in Expendables 3. Especially as it would be a lovely call-back to his Double Impact days.


The Expendables 2 is out on Thursday 16 August. Get yourself to a cinema to see it.

Who would you like to see as an Expendable? Tell us below!


    • FBSDeMorgan

      Aug 13th 2012, 15:14

      "Get yourself to a cinema to see it" you say. You also say that it's pretty awful and gave it 2 stars in your none-so-glowing review. As much as I'd like to see all of the above in a totally kick-a*s, balls-to-the-wall action flick I'd really rather see them in a decent totally kick-a*s, balls-to-the-wall action flick. So that kind of leaves me in a quandary; do I go and see and support the film to help get a 3rd one up and running or avoid it (as it's awful) and send the message to Hollywood "Hey! You want my money? How's about you start making decent films?" But that's my decision to mull over.

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    • Desperation

      Aug 13th 2012, 15:55

      Yay for Eastwood. Yay for Ford. Yay for Rourke (as long as he does more than sit there and cry). Meh for Cage. NOOOOO for Snipes.

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    • mcghater

      Aug 13th 2012, 15:56

      eastwood, snipes, gibson, busey, cage, rothrock, lambert, paul hogan, yahoo see where im going with this

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Aug 13th 2012, 15:59

      Excellently put sir. I don't understand all this excitement when both Expendables 1 & 2 earned a mere 2 stars from TF! And everyone knows the third film in any trilogy is usually the weakest (arguably ignoring a certain recent Nolan film of course) Do you honestly think that adding Ford (grumpy) and Cage (corny) to a threequel would make it any better? Snipes would sign up for a My Little Pony movie if asked once he gets out of prison! Eastwood would be the only classy addition, but in my opinion, there's no way in hell that either he or Ford would ever agree to be in this.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 13th 2012, 15:59

      I would pay to see Ford's reaction about being asked to appear in this.

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    • matheuscandido

      Aug 13th 2012, 16:05

      Cage was in Expendables 2 already:

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 13th 2012, 16:06

      Can John Mctiernan direct it? Or is he blacklisted?

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    • joker16

      Aug 13th 2012, 16:17


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    • irishbrian

      Aug 13th 2012, 18:58

      Ron Pearlman & The Rock !!!!!

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    • MadMatt

      Aug 13th 2012, 21:18

      I just splooged in my pants. Fantastic!

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    • MadMatt

      Aug 13th 2012, 21:21

      @FBSDeMorgan - '"Get yourself to a cinema to see it" you say. You also say that it's pretty awful and gave it 2 stars in your none-so-glowing review.' No, Sam Ashurst did not review Expendables 2 for Total Film - Matt Glasby did. This article represents Sam's opinion, not the reviewer's, clearly. That's what is so good about Total Film - not all the writers have to toe the party line.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Aug 14th 2012, 7:56

      Jackie Chan would own the lot of 'em!

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Aug 14th 2012, 8:03

      JCVD and Nic Cage sharing the screen i would definitely pay to see. God bless those crazy feckers...

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    • FBSDeMorgan

      Aug 14th 2012, 10:12

      @MadMatt - I fully give way to you! Didn't see the reviewer's name. I think it would be nice if, for some of the bigger releases, that the guys at TF did a collaborative review, where everyone can throw their hat into the ring.

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    • Monkeynuts30

      Aug 14th 2012, 11:30

      I'm a huge fan of the features here but I don't usually read the reviews; either online or from the print magazine so I have to ask... a lot of people rag on the writers for glowing praise of movies that got an average star rating... but are the film reviewers and the writers of the online articles always the same person? Cause if they're not that makes a lot of commenters pretty d****ey when you think about it...

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    • SiMan

      Aug 14th 2012, 12:56

      Some of the above points raise some, points....with regards to reviews. Firstly, should a review on here represent the view of Total Film in general, or just the person who wrote it? Secondly, i've seen plenty of people rag on a review before, bemoaning when someone gives it a star more or star less than they themselves think a film deserves (even before that person has even seen the film!) - but i do wonder is a review an opinion, or is it a critical, more presice break-down of a movie. Surely a review should take film-making as a craft into consideration more than how enjoyable it was when critiquing a film; direction, pacing, dialogue, performance, etc. Therefore, shouldn't a review by a film critic (whose profession it is to provide such an analysis) be beyond critisism itself (in terms of people just stating that "It was a 4 star film because i thought it was awesome")? I know plenty of films I 'enjoy', but i know are '2 Star movies' anyway. I think a lot of people confuse the two. As its such a big part of the movie world, can we have a feature on film critics please TF. I think it would be quite interesting to get into the mind of a critic. Although, please don't give us a '50 Greatest Total Film reviews'.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 14th 2012, 22:16

      I think it would be a great idea to have a second - or third - opinion column at the end of reviews for big releases, if the TF staff are not all broadly in agreement with the main reviewer. One for the suggestion box, Total Film folk!

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      Aug 15th 2012, 7:23

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    • podiumdiva

      Aug 19th 2012, 17:46

      Would love to see JCVD come back as his twin...revenge for his brother? Loved this campy, it was fun!!! And I'm not one for all of that gratuitous violence. Bring back all of the campiness. Would love to hear Arnold say one of my favorite lines of his, "Give me your clothes"...come on, you can work that one in!

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