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All-Women ‘Expendables’ Movie Is A Go! Director & Writers Attached. Who Should Star?

All-Women 'Expendables' Movie Is A Go! Director & Writers Attached. Who Should Star?

It’s been 1 1/2 years since the announcement of an all-women Expendables movie was made, and about the same amount of time has passed since our last update on the proposed project.

Expendables 2 director Simon West got the ball rolling in 2012 when he expressed interest in an all-female spin-off of the The Expendables franchise, telling E! Online, “I like the idea of the Expenda-Belles where it’s seven or eight women mercenaries. It would be Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great… It would be running parallel. They would meet up and then they would fight and they would join up and save each other.

Our man Terry Crews, who plays Hale Caesar in the Expendables movies, was vocal with his support of the idea, adding “I would love to see Charlize Theron. She would be a sweet badass just doing some crazy stuff!

At the time, it all seemed like just wishful thinking on their part, as nothing concrete had been announced at the time. 

However, it didn’t take very long after that for an all-female Expendables movie to get a greenlight, when executive producer Adi Shankar (the man behind movies like The GreyKilling Them Softly – the upcoming Brad Pitt project- the Judge Dredd reboot, and Allen Hughes’ Broken City) hired newcomer Dutch Southern to pen a screenplay for an all-female take on the Expendables movie franchise.

Shankar was to produce the film, via his 1984 Private Defense Contractors production company (interesting name for a production company), which was to also fully finance the film.

At the time, the news was that the production company was already “in talks” with several well-known actresses who aren’t strangers to action films, although no names were mentioned.

1 1/2 years later, after I’d completely forgotten about the project, Robert Luketic has reportedly been hired to direct what is being titled The ExpendaBelles (no word whether that’ll be its final title), from a script penned by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah.

Who is Robert Luketic, you ask? He directed films like Legally Blonde, Monster-in-Law, The Ugly Truth and more. Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah scripted Legally Blonde, so this is a reuniting of that film’s writing/directing team. 

Unexpected choices to write and direct an all-women version of The Expendables, given what they’ve done in the past.

We also have an official synopsis for the film, which reads:

The Expendables universe has a new team. An elite group of highly trained female mercenaries are brought together for a covert hostage rescue mission. Once they are behind enemy lines, the women discover that they will also need to topple an evil dictator bent on world domination. It becomes clear there there is no such thing as the right man for the job. The Expendabelles is the ultimate story of female empowerment and kick-ass teamwork.

Principal photography is set to begin this summer, although no actresses have been cast yet. That should change very soon.

Sylvester Stallone and Kevin King will produce. Heidi Jo Markel, Julie Kroll, Avi Lerner, Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Mark Gill will exec produce.

So, once again, given what we now know about the project, who would you cast in it? I’m quite sure that at least one of The Expendabelles will be a black woman. I’d be really surprised otherwise. I say cast Angela Bassett and Lupita Nyong’o and call it a day! Just check out the guns in the above photo (we can’t really see Angela’s here, but we’ve seen them before. Plus she’s no stranger to action films). No it’s not award-winning material, but it could be fun and entertaining for both the actresses and the audience who’ll be seeing them in an altogether different light.

Who would you cast?

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I agree they should change the name, I think "Exponge-ables" would be most appropriate.


Cynthia Rothrock, Alison Carroll, Yancy Butler, Hudson Leick, Jennifer Garner, Eliza Dushku, Sybil Danning, Linda Hamilton, Sandahl Bergman, Laurene Landon, Jennette McCurdy, Kathy Long, Renee O' Connor, Victoria Pratt, Shannen Doherty, and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Any combination thereof.

For a villain, Morgan Fairchild, Sharon Stone, Camilla Sparv, Senta Berger, Luciana Paluzzi, Dawn French, or Lauren Hutton.

Duncan Yates

I think if you make this film you really need to have Cynthia Rothrock in it. She is fantastic.

Dennis Friday

Mila Jovovich, Kate Beckinsale, Gina Carnaro, Michelle Rodriguez, Pam Grier, Natasha Henstridge, Lucy Lawless, Drew Barrymore (YES, DREW BARRYMORE), Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, just to name a few.

Ramey Haliburton

gina davis
long kiss good night


Oh and Demi Moore. Rhona Mitra. Grace johnson


Zoe bell
michelle Rodriguez
Katee sackhoff
renee oconnor


so we have to give sally hers cuz johnny got his? to be fair and feminist?
not if its gonna blow!


Cynthia Rothrock bitches she did movies in HK a lot different movies from the US


Love to see Michelle Rodriguez,Zoe saldana and Charlize theron,.!!


Excellent idea, except the name. Expendabelles is so cringeworthy it hurts.

Formerly From Tokyo

Uh, Pam Grier is one of the original female action stars!


FLOTUS, Lupita, Danai Guirra, and Angela Bassett have been giving this world quite the gun show.

Geneva Girl

Pam Grier!!


Angela Bassett is a must for this film!

Monique A Williams

I was excited about this project until I saw that the women are playing undercover call girls. Because that's a job "only a woman could do." That's gross. There are plenty of other ways women can star in an action movie without resorting to sex-as-a-weapon. smh


Well considering the fact at the offensive and sexist premise of this film wherein this female team of mercenaries are supposed to infiltrate the targets by posing as prostitutes I don't want any Black women or WOC in this film! In fact I hope that this doesn't get made at all.

Dave's Deluxe

I would personally like to see NO black women in this movie. The poor black girl they hire will probably have to be cast as the "freak" of the bunch.

Accidental Visitor

Are you serious by suggesting Alfrie and Lupita for this nonsense?

Miles Ellison

A crappy female version of a crappy male franchise. Yay.


I didn't like the all male version now we can look foward to an all women garbage expendables. Hollywood just keep recycling the same ideas over and over or they keep coming up with gimmicks and the sad thing is the audience goes along with it and don't challenge them to make better films. So who cares who they cast when you know this is just a money grab.


Eternal … Grace Jones

Justin D.

Milla Jovovich, Pam Grier, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Yeoh/Kelly Hu/Xiyi Zhang/Lucy Liu/Maggie Q (either of those Asian actresses will do), Jamie Lee Curtis, Cynthia Rothrock, Zoë Bell, Uma Thurman, Gina Carano, Michelle Rodriguez, Carrie-Anne Moss, and of course, Linda Hamilton.


Pam Grier, Nancy Allen, Sybil Danning, Sigourney Weaver, Lucy Lawless, Cynthia Rothrock, Linda Hamilton, Jamie Lee Curtis and maybe Brigitte Nielsen. If the Expendables can have a bunch of old action hero guys why can the female version bring back 80's faves!!!!


Milla Jovovich, Michelle Yeoh, Helen Mirren, Kate Beckinsale, and Angelina Jolie


An all woman Expendables movie MUST include Pam Grier!


"Killing Them Softly – the upcoming Brad Pitt project-"
Am I reading the sentence wrong? Killing Them Softly has been out for a year and a half.


Whoever is tackling this project(s) should change the name. "Expendabelles" sounds like a 60s all female singing group. I guess there will be plenty of complaints about broken nails and slightly mussed hair :gag:

Tom Haverford

What you're talking about are actually two different projects, both of them all-female takes on The Expendables. The Adi Shankar one has a cast, but no director, and has Pam Grier attached to star in it. Nobody's been cast in the Luketic project yet.

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