Expend4bles London film premiere 2023
A new generation of stars join the world's top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in Expend4bles. Reuniting as the team of elite mercenaries, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone are joined for the first time by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world's last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give "new blood" a whole new meaning.
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- Release in Cinemas: 2023-09-22
- Runtime: 103 minutes
- directors: Scott Waugh
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- Jason Statham has expressed his love for The Expendables. On co-star Sylvester Stallone, he said "Working with Sylvester Stallone is beyond a pinch yourself moment. I remember growing up watching his films, and to be directed by him, and to be in a movie that he's produced, and to be shoulder to shoulder with Sly is a privilege any man who loves action movies would never turn their nose up at. I mean, it's terrific. I'll do as many as he wants."
- While promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Expendables 3 (2014), Sylvester Stallone already commented that if a fourth film were to happen, it would definitely be R-rated, unlike the PG-13 rated The Expendables 3. As he stated on the matter: "Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone's part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I'm quite certain it won't happen again."
- Sylvester Stallone confirmed this is the first of a new trilogy.
- Sylvester Stallone's first choice for the villain was Jack Nicholson.
- Jason Statham was the first actor, besides Sylvester Stallone, to say he will be returning for this film.
- Filming for this movie wrapped on October 15, 2021, this will be the first Expendables film to have any scenes shot in the United Kingdom. Sylvester Stallone has said that he's "taking a backseat" for this movie as Jason Statham's character Lee Christmas will be the central character in this movie.
- At An Experience with Sylvester Stallone in Birmingham 2019, Stallone expressed his desire to have Carl Weathers, Kurt Russell and Dolph Lundgren in Expendables 4. He also pointed out world's strongest man in the audience Eddie Hall and said how he would like him in Expendables 4 as some new blood, to which Eddie stood up and posed with a double bicep curl. Eddie was cast as one of the bartenders in the beginning of the film.
- Bruce Willis, who had played Mr. Church in the first two movies, was infamously let go for The Expendables 3 (2014) because his salary demands could not be met. There were rumors that Willis might return as Church, but this time as a villain. However, this was not the case, as Iko Uwais was cast as the lead villain, and Bruce Willis retired from acting in 2022 as a result of his aphasia, which was sadly diagnosed as a symptom of frontotemporal dementia in 2023.
- Back when this film was first announced in 2014, Sylvester Stallone stated that he intended to cast Jack Nicholson in a role, presumably of the villain. It was rumored that Nicholson had heavily considered accepting the role, but these rumors died off as the film entered development hell.
- Ron Perlman is interested in appearing in the series, ever since he worked with Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes and Jason Statham before.
- Pierce Brosnan has agreed to appear in a fourth film, according to producer Avi Lerner.
- 50 Cent was considered for the role of Hale Caesar in The Expendables (2010), after Forest Whitaker and Wesley Snipes passed on it, but instead the role went to Terry Crews.
- Was originally intended to be a spin-off film from The Expendables, starring Jason Statham as his character Lee Christmas. It was to be titled "A Christmas Story" until it was reworked to become the fourth Expendables film. Other plans to create a spin-off called "The Expendabelles", featuring an all-women cast, were also shelved in favor of adding more actresses to the cast of Expendables 4.
- The first and only of any of the sequels to not feature Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terry Crews or Jet Li in their respective roles. Schwarzenegger decided not to return out of his dissatisfaction with The Expendables 3 (2014) and the poorly written role that he was given in it, although he maintains that he still has warm feelings for the franchise. Crews claimed that he was purposely not invited back because he refused to drop a sexual assault lawsuit against a high level Hollywood executive. Li didn't provide a reason for not returning, but his ever decreasing screentime in the previous movies suggest that he wanted to distance himself from the franchise.
- Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren and Randy Couture are the only actors to have appeared in all four installments of The Expendables.
- Former WWE star Bill Goldberg was approached for a villain role in this film.
- Dolph Lundgren shot his scenes on his days off the filming of 'Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom'.
- Sylvester Stallone confirmed this will be his last time playing Barney Ross.
- With a completed script finally ready, filming was penciled in for the latter part of 2020 with a view to a summer 2021 release. However, the COVID-19 pandemic of the time stalled plans. As of April 2021, the plans were on hiatus due to the actors' other commitments but with the majority of the cast apparently still keen to participate, Stallone has said he hopes filming will be able to start sooner rather than later.
- Sylvester Stallone is no stranger to working with many of the actors that have been in The Expendables. He worked with Dolph Lundgren on Rocky IV (1985). He worked with Mickey Rourke on Get Carter (2000). Aside from Arnold Schwarzenegger appearing in Exp 1-3, Arnold also worked with Sly in the prison movie Escape Plan (2013). Sylvester Stallone also worked with Jason Statham as one of the writers for the movie Homefront (2013). Sly has also worked previously with Wesley Snipes on Demolition Man (1993) and has worked before with Antonio Banderas on Assassins (1995) and Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003) where Sylvester Stallone plays the villain.
- Scott Waugh becomes the fourth director in the Expendables series, as The Expendables (2010) was directed by Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables 2 (2012) was directed by Simon West, and The Expendables 3 (2014) was directed by Patrick Hughes.
- The first film in the series to be released more than two years after the previous film.
- Iko Uwais was cast as the film's main villain.
- In September 2021, B movie martial arts legend Cynthia Rothrock was seen filming in Germany for five or six days along with an unconfirmed cast member, leading to fan speculation that she may be a surprise guest in this film, even though she was not listed as part of the cast as of October 2021. Unfortunately, this rumor turned out to be untrue.
- The first film of the series not to be composed by Brian Tyler with Guillaume Roussel taking over due to his commitments with The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) and Fast X (2023). It is also first Scott Waugh film not to be composed by frequent collaborator, Nathan Furst.
- Tony Jaa and Iko Uwais previously worked together in the movie Triple Threat (2019).
- The original screenplay, like many sequels, started off as another project. Titled High Value Target, and written by Spencer Cohen, Millennium Films originally announced the film as a Jason Statham starrer but when the film was never made, they refashioned the script, with Kurt Wimmer and Tad Daggerhart, into an Expendables film. The finished film still retains much of the High Value Target scripts action and plotline.
- The fourth film for Sylvester Stallone and 50 Cent. They previously worked together in Escape Plan (2013), Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018), and Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019).
- Sixth film in which Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren star together.
- First movie in the series not having a release date in August.
- Like the previous films, this film marks many reunions for numerous principal actors outside their "Expendables" roles: Sylvester Stallone adapted the screenplay and produced Jason Statham's star vehicle Homefront (2013). Stallone also co-starred with 50 Cent in Escape Plan (2013), Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018) and Escape Plan: The Extractors (2019). Statham and 50 Cent co-starred in 13 (2010) alongside fellow Expendables alumni Mickey Rourke and David Zayas. Stallone and Dolph Lundgren co-starred in Rocky IV (1985). Lundgren and Tony Jaa co-starred in Skin Trade (2014) and Jaa's unfinished directorial effort Ai Noom Gangnam. Jaa also co-starred with Iko Uwais in Triple Threat (2019) alongside fellow Expendables alumnus Scott Adkins. Randy Couture appeared in Setup (2011) featuring 50 Cent alongside fellow Expendables alumnus Bruce Willis. Couture also co-starred with Lundgren in Ambushed (2013) Levy Tran appeared in Furious 7 (2015) which also featured Statham, Jaa and fellow Expendables alumnus Ronda Rousey. Andy Garcia appeared in Wrath of Man (2021) which featured Statham. Garcia also co-starred with Megan Fox in Big Gold Brick (2022).
- Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) has the first 15 minutes of screentime, and then appears to die. He turns back up alive in the last 15 minutes. According to Stallone, this is not the first time that Barney Ross faked his own death.
- The film has 2 links to the US Navy Seals : "50 Cent" plays "Easy Day", and one of the Seals' mottos is "The only easy day was yesterday" ; and the closing title song "The boys are back in town", featured in the 1990 film "Navy Seals".
- In this film, the unknown adversary is code-named "Ocelot", but Megan Fox in the role of a mercenary has had trouble with felines before, in "Rogue" (2020) she faced several lions.