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Who should star in The Expendables 3?

With the second Expendables arriving on VOD, we speculate on a third installment.


Reuniting an army of ’80s action stars, The Expendables 2 hits VOD, DVD and Blu-ray this week. Which raises the inevitable question: Who will star in part three? An Internet rumor about Nicolas Cage’s participation has recently been debunked—but that won’t prevent us from speculating on who should be involved.

Carl Weathers Stallone’s Rocky IV adversary, Dolph Lundgren, remains one of the cornerstones of The Expendables, so bringing in more of Sly’s old sparring partners makes sense. Weathers has a prodigious ’80s action résumé, from sidekicking for Ahnuld in Predator to headlining his own macho-cop movie, Action Jackson. Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Rocky and Apollo Creed go at it for one more round?

Kurt Russell It’s hard to understand how The Expendables has gotten this far without the man who played Snake Plissken, Jack Burton and R.J. MacReady. If Russell doesn’t sport an eye patch in E3, someone should be fired.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson The Expendables formula depends on keeping a few young bucks around to perform the lion’s share of the stunt work while the more geriatric cast members stand around spouting catchphrases. The Rock would fit right in with the Expendables crew: In 2003’s The Rundown, Schwarzenegger unofficially dubbed him his successor.

Timothy Dalton The Stallones and Schwarzeneggers of the world overshadowed Dalton’s work in the late ’80s as James Bond; that’s all the motivation he needs to play a ruthless villain in the latest sequel. Given the series’ predilection for kitschy character names (Terry Crews is “Hale Caesar,” Randy Couture is “Toll Road”), Dalton would have to play “Bond Jameson,” a disgraced MI6 agent with a Blofeldian blackmail scheme.

Ralph Macchio How quickly we forget that the most famous karate fighters of the 1980s were a shrimpy kid from New Jersey and his apartment building’s eccentric handyman. In a nod to the Karate Kid series, Macchio should play Stallone’s super; in a key scene, he’ll arrive in the nick of time to deliver a well-placed crane kick.

The Expendables 2 arrives on VOD, DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday 20.

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