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‘Expendables’ Spin-off ‘ExpendaBelles’ Gets ‘Legally Blonde’ Scribes, Plus Carano & Sackhoff UPDATED

'Expendables' Spin-off 'ExpendaBelles' Gets 'Legally Blonde' Scribes, Plus Carano & Sackhoff UPDATED

Angelina Jolie in “Wanted”

“ExpendaBelles” — Millenium’s spin-off of “The Expendables” — has found two scribes; “Legally Blonde”‘s Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. The project wants to “show the feminine side of the mercenary business,” but will be going much younger with its female version. The median age of “The Expendables” was 57. So far they’ve got 30-year old Gina Carano (“Haywire”) and 32-year old Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”). EARLIER:

Sounds like a great idea. There’s just one tiny problem. In what universe will Hollywood produce a film about a bunch of aging female action-stars with a median age of 57? Most men, when presented with the concept of kick-ass women in action, can’t help but think in terms of babes like 34-year-old Michelle Rodriguez. But the whole “Expendables” idea is about casting older–yes, senior–established action stars in an ensemble. It’s about reminding us they can STILL kick butt.

Consider the age of the main players in “Expendables” 1 and 2: Chuck Norris: 72; Sylvester Stallone: 66; Arnold Schwarzenegger: 65. Mickey Rourke: 59; Bruce Willis: 57; Dolph Lundgren: 54 and Jean-Claude Van Damme: 51. At 44, Jason Statham and Jet Li are the two babies of the group. The playing field for men and women in Hollywood has never been equal, and certainly not in the action genre. It’s tougher to round up a group of kick-ass women who can wield a gun, fight and star in an action film and/or TV series. But it’s not impossible. Given the inequalities that have only recently started to change for women in action films, we’ve lowered our age range –but only to 35.

We can toss around names, but the likelihood is slim that the best of these actresses –our dream team of six includes Sigourney Weaver, Helen Mirren, Linda Hamilton, Michelle Yeoh, Carrie-Anne Moss and Angelina Jolie–would sign up for such a B-flick. If only some women would write up a smart script…


Kate Beckinsale: 39 (“Underworld” trilogy)

Linda Hamilton: 55 (“The Terminator,” “The Terminator 2”)

Angelina Jolie (“Tomb Raider,” “Wanted,” “SALT”)

MIlla Jovovich: 37 (“Resident Evil” series)

Lucy Lawless: 44 (“Zena: Warrior Princess,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Spartacus”)

Sigourney Weaver: 62 (“Alien,” “Aliens”)

Michelle Yeoh: 50 (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Tomorrow Never Dies”)


Halle Berry: 46 (“X-Men” trilogy, “Catwoman”)

Sandra Bullock: 48 (“Speed,” “Miss Congeniality”)

Geena Davis: 56 (“Thelma & Louise,” “Cutthroat Island,” “A League of Their Own,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight”)

Jennifer Garner: 40 (“Alias,” “Electra,” “Daredevil”)

Daryl Hannah: 52 (“Blade Runner,” “Kill Bill Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2”)

Famke Jenssen: 47 (“GoldenEye,” “X-Men” trilogy)

Lucy Liu: 43 (“Kill Bill Vol. 1,” “Charlie’s Angels”)

Demi Moore: 49 (“G.I. Jane”)

Carrie-Anne Moss: 44 (“The Matrix” trilogy)

Cynthia Rothrock: 55 (“Undefeatable,” “Above the Law”)

Charlize Theron: 37 (“Hancock,” “Æon Flux”)

Uma Thurman: 42 (“Kill Bill Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2”)


Judi Dench: 77 (“Bond”)

Helen Mirren: 67 (“The Debt,” “Red”)

Kathleen Turner: 58 (“Romancing the Stone,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “V.I. Warshawski”)

Susan Sarandon: 65 (“Thelma & Louise”)

Empire made a few suggestions too.

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