Will Donnie Yen Become Expendable … 2?

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Donnie YenAccording to Twitch, if Hong Kong’s current “It” boy wants it, the role is his. And what role would that be, you ask? Word is, it will be “tailor-made” for Yen, whatever that means.

This wouldn’t be the first time Yen’s tried his hand in Hollywood. He’s played a kung fu villain in “Shanghai Noon”, an sword-swinging immortal in “Highlander: Endgame”, and a vamp with a sword in “Blade 2″. But those were all background roles, not leads, and Yen has played nothing but leads in the last few years thanks to his meteoric rise in Asian cinema. Would/could he really go back to playing second banana to a bunch of Hollywood muscleheads after achieving the pinnacle of stardom? I guess it’ll depend on how much he wants to break back into Hollywood, though there’s no doubt that a role in a sequel like “The Expendables” would certainly expand his career even more beyond Asia.

Besides adding yet another credible cinematic asskicker to the film, Yen would also fit the double bill of catering to Asian audiences. Jet Li was featured prominently in all the promos for the movie’s Asian advertising, and I suspect the filmmakers realized this played a big part in the movie’s $171 foreign box office take. Yen would more than make up for unconfirmed reports that Li has taken a flyer on the sequel.

Simon West will step in to direct the sequel, with Sylvester Stallone deciding to concentrate more on the acting aspect of things. Which is probably for the best. As much as I think Stallone did a good job on the first movie, let’s face it, there were times when you couldn’t tell what the hell was going on in that film.

Whether it becomes Yenfull or Yenless, production on “The Expendables 2″ commences this October for a August 17, 2012 release date.

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  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    I’m all Yen’d out. But maybe the general public haven’t seen enough of this guy yet. I’d be happier to see jackie chan then donnie yen. And whats up with the “ie” in the names. Just be Jack Chan and Don Yen already.

  • Juggernaut

    Jet Li Vs. Donnie Yen= amazing!!!

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      already done. Hero. And I’ll be the first to admit, that was an amazing sequence.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

        Agreed, it was a great sequence, but I always wanted more. The Jet Li vs Jackie Chan Fight in “Forbidden Kingdom” was great too. If we can get something like that in Expendables 2 that’d be great. If Li does leave have Yen play a contemporary of his. If Li does come back have Yen be a villains.

    • Anonymous

      This is the kung-fu movie geek in me talking, but I’m still waiting for them to mix it up in a proper hand-to-hand fight. “Hero” and “Once Upon A Time In China II” featured incredible weapon duels but when you look at their individual resumes, their best onscreen fights have always been in straight unarmed scenes. And it’s a fucking tease that they’ve both had onscreen fights with Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan, Jason Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Colin Chou, and I think Ken Lo, but just have never managed to go at it again

      • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

        To be honest, Yen would kick Li’s ass any day of the week. And the Dolph Lundgren would beaththem both to a bloody pulp – hand to hand that is.

  • Juggernaut

    Jet Li Vs. Donnie Yen= amazing!!!

  • astro

    Jet Li isn’t reprising his role in Expendables 2

  • justjoe

    Hell yeah, can´t wait to see Yen in something contemporary again (SPL and Kill Zone were awesome). I´m pretty much tired of his period martial art movies with him fighting off dozens of faceless henchmen while hanging on wires. Time to bring his flashy yet gritty asskicking back!

  • justjoe

    Hell yeah, can´t wait to see Yen in something contemporary again (SPL and Kill Zone were awesome). I´m pretty much tired of his period martial art movies with him fighting off dozens of faceless henchmen while hanging on wires. Time to bring his flashy yet gritty asskicking back!

  • justjoe

    Hell yeah, can´t wait to see Yen in something contemporary again (SPL and Kill Zone were awesome). I´m pretty much tired of his period martial art movies with him fighting off dozens of faceless henchmen while hanging on wires. Time to bring his flashy yet gritty asskicking back!

  • Shinhyeonhamilton

    I admit that 14 blades lost bladesman have me yenned out but wu xia was really good and i could see donnie yen playing a villian easily which would be nice change for him

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I was so happy Yen wasn’t in Dragon Gate.

    • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

      I was so happy Yen wasn’t in Dragon Gate.

  • EWTay

    Donnie Yen choreographed the greatest MMA fight scenes in Flashpoint.
    Imagine what he could bring if he agree to take part in Expendables 2…

    Can’t wait!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doc-Ahk/1780073117 Doc Ahk

    been a donnie yen fan since the mid 90’s would love to see him get some of that hollywood money he deserves it