Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3

Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3


Last week we told you about Sylvester Stallone announcing Harrison Ford was in and Bruce Willis was out for THE EXPENDABLES 3. Now there’s even more casting news, almost equally impressive. Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas have joined the cast, with Gibson playing the bad guy in the film. EW broke the latest story, adding that Stallone noted Banderas (who he co-starred with in ASSASSINS) was “a consummate actor and a gentleman.”

Mel Gibson will soon be seen as the baddie in MACHETE KILLS this October (Antonio Banderas is in that movie as well – did Stallong do a set visit recently? Hmmm…), but with the controversy surrounding the former blockbuster star, playing a villain may be the smartest (and perhaps safest) move he can make at this point in his career. So with the addition of Gibson and Banderas, and Harrison Ford, this third installment will either be a spectacular mess or the best and more-impressive action movie ever made. Did we mention the cast also has Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz? What about the rumors floating out there that Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, Nicolas Cage and Milla Jovovich may also join? At this point I wouldn’t be surprised by ANY addition. Tell us your thoughts on EXPENDABLES 3 (directed by Patrick Hughes) in the comments below.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 is set to open August 15, 2014.

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