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The Expendables 3 gains new action star

JackieChan.jpgIf there was any doubt about there being an Expendables 3 there shouldn't be now as a big action star has joined the third film and has revealed that the script is currently being reworked to meet the requirements he had for joining.

That means there was already a script in play and that Sylvester Stallone had quite a bit of the third story all mapped out, perhaps there are even a lot more stars lined up than this announcement would suggest.

Jackie Chan is the big star that has signed up for the third outing of the Expendables and he revealed the news while he was talking at a press conference for his new film Chinese Zodiac by saying:

"Sly had invited me to be in Expendables 2 but I was too busy filming Chinese Zodiac and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes..."

More than that the article in Yahoo News through First Showing claims that he had said to Sylvester Stallone that he had hoped that if he were to star in it that the role would be a minor one with a few scenes and that the film would be more along the lines of what was described as a 'buddy-buddy' film. Apparently Stallone has obliged and has been reworking the script to ensure that Chan feels happy with it and his role in it.

His desire for a minor role isn't a reflection on The Expendables franchise or the third film, it's just that Jackie Chan is a busy man as he's just finished his last main action role with the film Chinese Zodiac to start more action films. He has Skip Tracer, which seems to really be Rush Hour 4, Police Story 2013, and the surprising musical called I am Jackie Chan.

He agreed that he's going back a little on his previous comments about his last action film saying:

"What am I supposed to do if I stop making movies? Which is why, I will make an amendment to my announcement. Chinese Zodiac will be my last big action movie. I won't be able to complete every stunt myself now and will probably relax a bit in that area by using CG effects in the future. But I will never quit movies."

Fair enough, at least he's being honest about it although considering the films he has coming up it's hard to deny that he's still going to be playing action roles, just not leaping about for real in every shot. I think he's earned that by now though hasn't he?

For The Expendables 3 this does mean a great cameo role, but I wonder what it means for the story? There's definitely going to be a major change from the previous script to bring in this buddy feel to the film but I wonder what that means for the third film?




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