Well, this was a no-brainer. Simon West, director of loud and ludicrous action movies, has signed on to direct the sequel to Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables”, a film that was, let’s face it, overly loud and overly ludicrous itself.
Besides “Con Air” with Nicolas Cage, West is also the director of “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” with Angelina Jolie, and more recently, the remake of “The Mechanic” with Jason Statham and Ben Foster. He’s currently directing Cage in “Medallion”, a “Taken”-esque thriller that also co-stars Malin Akerman.
For “The Expendables 2”, the original cast of Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are all expected back.
The plot for the sequel finds a member of the team murdered during a mission, prompting the others to seek vengeance on yet another ruthless dictator in need of killing. Also along for the ride is the dead operator’s daughter, who will lend a feminine touch to the all-testosterone team.