The Expendables movie series was created to pay homage to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and 1990s, and also pays tribute to the action stars of those decades while blending them with current actors. The three movies made money, so a fourth was always inevitable. Lionsgate and Millennium Media. Now The Expendables 4 is adding another actor to the roster.
Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Sylvester Stallone are set to reprise their roles from the previous three installments. Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, and Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson are all joining up. Now The Hollywood Reporter writes that Andy Garcia is set to appear as well.
Garcia will play a CIA agent assigned to accompany the Expendables on their mission, maybe similar to the role Harrison Ford played in a prior entry. We presume Bruce Willis will still not be appearing. No news yet on whether Schwarzenegger will make another cameo, or Chuck Norris.
It was rumored that Pierce Brosnan will appear, while Stallone wanted Clint Eastwood in a cameo and Jack Nicholson for the villain.
In January 2020, a spin-off film centered around Jason Statham’s character titled The Expendables: A Christmas Story, was reported to be in development with Duncan Jones in negotiations to serve as the director.
That fell through and D.J. Caruso signed on as director, from a script by Max Adams. The production budget will be $70 million. The project will be a joint venture between Millennium Media and Nu Image Productions.
In August 2021, Stallone confirmed his involvement with the project. Identifying the Christmas Story portion of the title as a working title, Stallone stated that production commences in October of the same year.
For The Expendables 4, Spenser Cohen wrote the script, with revisions by Max Adams and John Joseph Connolly. Ex-Stuntman Scott Waugh is set to direct with shooting scheduled to begin in October.