As soon as Sylvester Stallone tweeted that he was looking for the “young” Sigourney Weaver, we knew that we wouldn’t have to wait for “The Expendabelles” to see a femme tough action star join the “Expendables” universe. In fact, Lionsgate is priming the pump for that spin-off by adding a woman to its hitherto all-male “The Expendables” cast.
So, arguably three women have current franchise-level followings on the kick-ass side: Michelle Rodriguez (“Fast & Furious”), Kate Beckinsale (“Underworld”), and “Resident” femme action star Milla Jovovich. So on a Lionsgate earnings call today CEO Jon Feltheimer confirmed that Jovovich is in talks to join new cast members Nic Cage (“Ghost Rider”), Wesley Snipes (“Mortal Combat”) and Jackie Chan (“Rush Hour”) on the next “Expendables,” which starts filming in August with director Patrick Hughes (“Red Hill”) for 2014 release.
Of course this only serves to remind us how much younger women are when they are considered to be veterans: Jovovich is 37. And she can more than hold her own with this senior crew.
Meanwhile what about Rodriguez, who’s on a roll? She’s currently kicking butt in box-office titan “Fast & Furious 6,” and now a new character poster has landed for her gun-toting She in Robert Rodriguez’ “Machete Kills.” Check out the full poster below, plus the film’s trailer, which debuted on May 30.