The Expendables 3 will apparently be heading to battle with its team mission coordinator. According to franchise star/screenwriter, Sylvester Stallone via Twitter, Mickey Rourke will indeed be returning for the unmitigated action-infused threequel after having sat out last year's The Expendables 2. However, Stallone still seems to be working on procuring another former box-office badass as he also revealed this morning that he's talking with Steven Seagal.
Rourke will be reprising his role as Tool, a grizzled veteran of the mercenary game who helps the Expendables team plan their various contractual wetwork gigs in his tattoo parlor hangout. After being seemingly set for a return in last year's second Expendables film, Rourke had dropped out, likely due to scheduling conflicts. Indeed, it's been a busy few years for the actor since the momentum created from his comeback-launching performance in 2008's The Wrestler has yet to stop with the 2011-2012 period loaded with roles in several action thrillers that may have held him up. Among them, was the 2011 myth-inspired Immortals with Man of Steel star, Henry Cavil. Rourke now returns to The Expendables franchise after having reprised another one of his major roles as Marv in this fall's Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Stallone welcomed back the star with a simple tweet.
"Mighty Mickey is back............"
However, this morning, Sly also hinted that he's in talks with the world's most famous straight-to-video action star who moonlights as a blues singer and New Orleans police officer.
"....Calling SEAGAL this morning."
The Expendables 3 will certainly be a critical litmus test to see where the recent comeback of old-school style action films now stands; especially after recent solo starring efforts by Stallone with Bullet to the Head and co-star, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand both performed abysmally at the box-office earlier this year. With a director on board in Patrick Hughes, who Stallone calls "new blood," you can certainly expect some thematic adjustments this time around. However, fitting the franchise's earned reputation for surreal stockpiles of legendary action stars, it will be heading to theaters with not only its repertory cast of action players, but with a new array of famous names like Jackie Chan, Wesley Snipes, and apparently Carl Weathers. If Seagal ends up on board, that would be a major check for the growing list of names which this franchise has procured.
The Expendables 3 tests cinematic limits with multitudes of manhood when it hits theaters sometime in 2014.