The Expendables 3 Enlists Antonio Banderas & Mel Gibson

After months and months of speculation about The Expendables 3 casting, we’re finally getting some more concrete names attached to the action star jamboree that’s supposed to shoot this fall.  Earlier this week we wrote about Expendables creator Sylvester Stallone heading to Twitter to announce that Harrison Ford would be replacing Bruce Willis in the third installment, a decision that apparently had to do with Willis wanting an extra million to film for four days.

Stallone has been radio silent on Twitter since supposedly calling Willis greedy and lazy, but his people did talk to TheWrap, confirming one long-rumored player and announcing another. The site reported that Mel Gibson has officially signed on to play opposite Stallone and also noted that Antonio Banderas — Sly’s Assassins co-star and one of Robert Rodriguez’s go-to guys — will be joining in on the festivities.

The core Expendables team of Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture are expected to return as is Arnold Schwarzenegger who has appeared in both films. Mickey Rourke’s Tool is also rumored to come back after not appearing in the second film. Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich, Wesley Snipes and Steven Seagal have all been talked about as have real life fighters Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz. Co-written by Stallone and directed by Red Hill‘s Patrick Houghes, Expendables 3 is schedule to hit theaters on August 15, 2014.

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