Sylvester Stallone already has his hook that'll get audiences back in for The Expendables 2. This time they'll deliver on the promise of him, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis kicking ass and not standing in a church making quips off one another for one scene to be played up in every trailer and TV spot.
Nevertheless, Sly and helmer Simon West have been on the hunt for more past-their-prime (or the more politically correct phrased "veteran") action stars mixed with younger blood for the currently-lensing AARP-approved epic due in theaters next August.
If you were hoping to see Nicolas Cage and John Travolta filing rank next to Sly, Jason Statham, Jett Li, Dolph Lundgren & Co, prepare to be disappointed. Despite attempts, sources tell TMT neither Cage nor Travolta will participate thus depriving the world of that Face/Off reunion. A deal for the former couldn't be worked out and word is Travolta "just didn't go for it."
This is the week of casting no-goes on The Expendables 2 it seems. Apparently we weren't the only ones to get that memo. Earlier this week came word Mickey Rourke was sitting this one out and mere minutes ago Sandwich John Films got a hold of Antonio Banderas who confirmed while an olive branch was extended his way to participate, he cordially turned them down.
A full cast list is rumored to be officially released later this week.