Returning with an action-packed cast even bigger than the original film’s ensemble, The Expendables 2 is due out this August and looks like a pretty solid bet if you’re an action junkie in search of an explosive thrill.
There’s an action star in here for everyone, with the cast headed up with new and old faces alike in Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Liam Hemsworth, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Scott Adkins, and of course Mr. Jean-Claude Van Damme.
“The Expendables are back and this time it’s personal… Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone), Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), Yin Yang (Jet Li), Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren),Toll Road (Randy Couture) and Hale Caesar (Terry Crews) — with newest members Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth) and Maggie (Yu Nan) aboard — are reunited when Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) enlists the Expendables to take on a seemingly simple job. The task looks like an easy paycheck for Barney and his band of old-school mercenaries. But when things go wrong and one of their own is viciously killed, the Expendables are compelled to seek revenge in hostile territory where the odds are stacked against them. Hell-bent on payback, the crew cuts a swath of destruction through opposing forces, wreaking havoc and shutting down an unexpected threat in the nick of time – six pounds of weapons-grade plutonium; enough to change the balance of power in the world. But that’s nothing compared to the justice they serve against the villainous adversary who savagely murdered their brother. That is done the Expendables way….”
Stallone is stepping out from the director’s seat this time around, with Simon West (Con Air) taking over the helm in his place, and Avi Lerner (The Expendables, Rambo) returning as producer.
It’s not that often action films assemble an ensemble cast of quite this size – usually it’s the comedies that tread this sort of territory, and the success of the first film (turning an $80m. budget into over a quarter of a billion dollars) shows there’s clearly a market here to be tapped.
The Expendables 2 will be released on 17th August in the UK and US, so be sure to commit the memory to date if you’ve been looking forward to this since the first film back in 2010. For now, the first TV spot for your viewing pleasure.