Earlier this year we learned that Sylvester Stallone would not direct the follow-up to his ’80s action throwback The Expendables, and that Simon West (Con Air, The Mechanic) would be his replacement. Stallone will still be starring in the film, of course, but for the most part all of the current rumours and speculation seem to be focused on the multitude of other veteran action stars that may or may not be added for the sequel. Last month we heard that both Chuck Norris and John Travolta were possibilities, and Jean-Claude Van Damme is also believed to be in talks to play a villain in the film. So now with this added star power, the question is, just how expendable is the original cast of The Expendables? Would you be disappointed to learn that Jet Li might not be returning for part two?
Back in July, producer David Varod was the first to tell Novinite that Chuck Norris and John Travolta were on board. At the time, a few people also noticed that his list of confirmed cast members did not include Jet Li, although it was not clear if this was intentional or a mere oversight. IGN has since indicated that Jet Li is not returning, and that they are now in search of another action star with international appeal.
Twitch reported a couple of days ago that producer Avi Lerner had dinner with Donnie Yen and offered him a role in the film, and now it all makes perfect sense. Yen has already started taking over many of the kinds of roles that Jet Li once inhabited, and he would probably be a solid addition to the cast. But is he too tall to be on the receiving end of some classic Stallone short jokes? Yen has not yet accepted the offer and will reportedly wait to read the script before deciding. He better not make the same mistake Van Damme did the first time around! Would you be excited to see Donnie Yen in The Expendables 2?