Expendables 2 Cast: Who's In or Out?

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Rumors have been flying that Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme have been approached to join the cast of The Expendables 2.

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Given the fact that the first Expendables, featuring a cast of action heroes of movies’ past, shot to the top of the box office charts in the summer of 2010 for weeks on end -- finally closing at $275 million -- everyone who was anyone in the action movie genre would be jockeying to join the cast of the Expendables sequel.

What we do know is Sylvester Stallone, his new best bud Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Randy Couture are back.

As is the cast in any sequel, where is the new blood to send the series into its next chapter?

According to Millennium Films, Van Damme and Norris are in fact on board, yet a third huge star may be also joining the party -- John Travolta. Witnessing him at his Broken Arrow bad guy best would be a treat in an Expendables 2.

Will action hero heavyweights Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger be back to reprise their roles from the first one? Absolutely. Guess that means that everybody's in and nobody is out!

And we even have a release date to report: August 17, 2012.

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Sylvester Stallone is an Academy Award-nominated actor from New York City best known for his iconic roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo.

Embarrassingly enough, Stallone's first acting role was in the softcore porno, The Party at Kitty and Stud's in 1970.  The porno was later re-released as Italian Stallion after Rocky playing off Stallone's nickname.

Stallone's real rise to fame came when he played the lead character in Rocky in 1976, a movie he wrote in wrote in three days.  Rocky was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won Best Picture.

After Rocky's success, Stallone went on to have an impressive career in the late 70s and 80s, including a sequel to Rocky which Stallone also wrote and directed.  1982 also marked the debut of another Stallone franchise, Rambo, which Stallone also wrote.

Stallone was also an A list star during the 70s, 80s and 90s and starred in plenty of non-Rocky / Rambo movies including Tango & Cash, Demolition Man, Cliffhanger, Assassins, and Judge Dredd.

In 2006 and 2008, Stallone made a new Rocky Balboa and Rambo movies marking returns to the franchises that haven't been touched in almost 20 years.  Both were successful.

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