Your favorite action icons — Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenegger, Norris, and Van Damme — team up once more in The Expendables 2, which hits theatres on August 17. And just as we’re getting ready for its premiere, word is that they’re looking to cast The Expendables 3, scheduled for release in 2013. Nicolas Cage is said to have already signed on, but who will be next to join the star-studded cast? Here are our top five choices to star in the sequel.
Known for: Being an action icon in his roles as Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and sometimes playing characters that rely on intelligence rather than physical strength.
Why he would be a good choice: His quiet and charming demeanor would be a nice foil to the type-A cast. Plus, wouldn’t it be cool if they threw in a curve ball and Indy was cast as the bad guy?
Samuel L. Jackson
Known for: Playing badass villains and drug addicts, as well as the memorable (and quotable) hit man Jules Winnfield from Pulp Fiction.
Why he would be a good choice: Jackson co-starred with Bruce Willis in Die Hard With a Vengeance, so he would be a natural fit. Off-screen he lives in the same Beverly Hills neighborhood as Stallone, which means they could carpool to the set.
Robert Downey Jr.
Known for: Playing eccentric characters like Sherlock Holmes and Tony Stark, plus his successful comeback story.
Why he would be a good choice: Big superhero films like Iron Man and The Avengers have become his bread and butter in the last few years. His physicality—he’s credited for having done his own stunts in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows — puts him on a par with the other badasses in the cast.
Known for: Bond. James Bond.
Why he would be a good choice: Having this screen legend be part of the cast would be a welcome tribute to the action genre. Plus, it would get him out of retirement!
Known for: Playing leading roles in numerous blockbuster films like Independence Day and the Men in Black franchise, but also for playing himself in the popular 90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Why he would be a good choice: Smith would be a fresh (wink, wink!) addition to the old-school cast. Plus, his catch phrase “Aw, hell no!” has a stickiness factor that rivals Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back!”
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