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The Expendables is an upcoming ensemble action film written and directed by Sylvester Stallone. Filming began on March 28, 2009 in Brazilmarker, New Orleansmarker, and Los Angelesmarker and is expected to be released on August 20, 2010. The film pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early '90s, as the film includes action veterans from those decades (such as Stallone himself, Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, and Bruce Willis).

Plot

After years of unspeakable corruption that concludes with tragedies such as murder of American hostages and betrayal of foreign policies, and finally recognizing a way out of this terrible mess, the U.S. along with other Nations, equally seeking the end of this catastrophe, secretly put together a squad of its highest trained military personnel to finally over throw the dictator who has caused devastation in South America for over 20 years. The team sets out on its mission to complete the assassination, but with little help from the nations as they try to keep the mission secret. After they realize that there will be no outside help, they rely on their own sources to fight not only the dictator’s army but also the governments that set them up.

Cast

The Expendables



Garza's Men



Production

Production began on March 3, 2009 and filming began on March 28 in Rio de Janeiromarker, Brazil and other locations included Mangaratibamarker, Niteroimarker, Guanabara Bay, Colônia Juliano Moreira and Parque Lage. Filming ended April 25. Filming continued later on May 11 in Elmwoodmarker, Louisiana and Downtown New Orleansmarker, Louisana which included French Quartermarker, St. Peters Street, Fort Mccomb, Claiborne Avenue and the Interstate 10 Overpass. Filming officially ended on July 1, 2009. On October 27, 2009, there was a pick-up scene at a church in Hollywoodmarker, California featuring both Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis. On June 2, West Coast Customs Street Customs built three customized 1955 Ford F100s for Sylvester Stallone for the film. One was built for a crash scene, the second for green screen, and the third for Stallone to keep. The budget for the film was going to be in excess of $100 million, but was lowered to $70 million. The budget drop would cause some expensive action sequences to be cut."The Expendables has a seventy million-dollar budget," says Stallone's co-star Dolph Lundgren, "and it's an old-school, kick-ass action movie where people are fighting with knives and shooting at each other."

Casting

Jean-Claude Van Damme was personally offered a role by Stallone, but turned it down. This reportedly led to Dolph Lundgren being cast instead although it is not confirmed whether it was the same part. The role accepted by Forest Whitaker was originally conceived as a role for Wesley Snipes but later rewritten for Whitaker. Due to a scheduling conflict prior to filming, Whitaker was replaced by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson for the role of Hale Caesar. He was then replaced by former NFL player Terry Crews.

Steven Seagal was asked to play a cameo role, but turned down the offer due to negative experiences with producer Avi Lerner. Hispanic actor Danny Trejo was rumored to play Emmanuel, but on June 15, he revealed that he was not cast for the role. Instead, he is in the works with Robert Rodriguez's Machete.

On May 29, 2009, the script under went a few re-writes which ultimately excluded Brittany Murphy's character. Sandra Bullock was rumored to have a role in the film, but revealed that she did not even know about the project. Despite the news, she did express interests in working in another action film and would like to work in the film depending on the storyline.

The role of the man who hires the Expendables, Mr. Church, was very difficult to cast. Initially offered to Schwarzenegger, he declined in favor of a smaller cameo due to his political career. The role was then offered to Kurt Russell whose agent replied that he was not interested in "ensemble acting at the moment." Stallone spent several months after principal photography determined to find a big action name for the part. Rumors suggested that the role had been offered to friend and fellow former Planet Hollywood co-owner Bruce Willis, who was busy filming of A Couple of Dicks. Willis finally confirmed on August 17, that he will play Mr. Church and that his scene will feature himself, Sylvester Stallone, and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On October 26, Stallone, Willis and Schwarzenegger shot their scene in the Hollywood Presbyterian church in Los Angeles, marking the first time all three have appeared together on screen.

Music

Composer Brian Tyler announced on his official website that he has been hired to write original music for the film. Tyler previously worked with Stallone on Rambo in 2008.

Rating

Producer Avi Lerner has reported that the film will be cut down to two versions, a PG-13-rating edit and an R-rated version, both of which will be screen tested to see which one will be officially released. Lerner is considering cutting down the violence because of the success of recent PG-13 action films such as Live Free or Die Hard (known as Die Hard 4.0 outside the US). Lerner has claimed that Stallone's previous film Rambo could have been even more successful, had it not contained such extreme violence and gore.

Trailer

A bootleg trailer was leaked online in August.The trailer was edited and cut down by Stallone himself and it was shown at the Venice Film Festival. On October 13, the HD trailer was officially released online.

Release

The film had an original scheduled release date set at April 23, 2010, but was later pushed back 4 months until August 20 to extend production time.

Sequel

Due to the high level of anticipation of the online community and overwhelming positive reaction to early test footage, producer Avi Lerner has reported that there is already talk of making two more sequels, and a longer franchise, depending on just who makes it to the end of the first film intact.

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