Will Van Damme Fight Crime in Dragon Eyes, or Play the Villain in Expendables 2?

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As you’ll recall, Jean-Claude Van Damme famously turned down a role in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables”, the action film that proved over-the-hill muscle-bound actors could still bring the wood if given the chance. (He was eventually replaced with Dolph Lundgren.) Now with “Expendables 2″ on the horizon, word is Stallone has offered Van Damme the role of the film’s main villain.

Then again, ever since “Expendables” hit and word of an “Expendables 2″ came to the surface, pretty much every former action hero from the ’80s and ’90s have been rumored to be taking part in the movie in some form or another. Frankly, who knows what’s real or not, especially with the sequel still in very early stages.

We know this, though: What’s Playing says uber producer Joel Silver has offered the co-starring role in the mixed-martial arts movie “Dragon Eyes” to Van Damme if he wants it. The film will star MMA star Cung Le (he’s been in everything from “Tekken” to probably his biggest high-profile gig to date, one of the survivors on Christian Alvart’s “Pandorum”), and will find him taking on police corruption on the mean streets of New Orleans.

If Van Damme does sign on, he’ll be working with director John Hyams again. Hyams last directed Van Damme in the straight-to-DVD sequel “Universal Soldier: Regeneration”, and has proven himself to be pretty good with casting MMA fighters, having come up on the circuit himself as a filmmaker. Needless to say, you can pretty much expect “Dragon Eyes” to be one big fight movie, especially with Cung Le (below, whupping some dude’s ass in the ring) in the lead. I’m not saying you shouldn’t expect anything beyond a glorified MMA scrimmage, but I am saying not to hold your breath.

Update: EW says Van Damme has signed on for “Dragon Eyes”.

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  • ULIK

    What about Carl Wheathers,shouldn’t he be in The Expendables 2 also?

    • Brent

      Carl Weathers and William Devane!

      • ULIK

        Yes William Devane NEEDS to be in it too! C’mon Sly?!

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

        YES!!! YESY!!! YES!!!! Jesse Ventura!!!

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

        YES!!! YESY!!! YES!!!! Jesse Ventura!!!

    • Brent

      Carl Weathers and William Devane!

  • Juz

    Carl Weathers has been pushing too many pencils…

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

      Did you see the short lived show “Brothers”? He was still huge!

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

      Did you see the short lived show “Brothers”? He was still huge!

  • Arthur

    “Expendables 2″ should ad Jean-Claude Van Damme, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Carl Weathers, Michael Biehn, Mr. T., Cynthia Rothrock, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh to the A-List from the original film of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jason Statham and the rest of the crew. Too bad Noriyuki “Pat” Morita is longer with us. He could have had a role too; like a scene with him and Jackie Chan. Maybe ad a few newcomers too like Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Jija Yanin Vismistananda. Imagine a fight scene with Tony Jaa taking on Jet Li and one with Jija Yanin taking on Michelle Yeoh. Oh, the possibilities.

  • Arthur

    “Expendables 2″ should ad Jean-Claude Van Damme, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Carl Weathers, Michael Biehn, Mr. T., Cynthia Rothrock, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh to the A-List from the original film of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jason Statham and the rest of the crew. Too bad Noriyuki “Pat” Morita is longer with us. He could have had a role too; like a scene with him and Jackie Chan. Maybe ad a few newcomers too like Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Jija Yanin Vismistananda. Imagine a fight scene with Tony Jaa taking on Jet Li and one with Jija Yanin taking on Michelle Yeoh. Oh, the possibilities.

  • Arthur

    “Expendables 2″ should ad Jean-Claude Van Damme, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Carl Weathers, Michael Biehn, Mr. T., Cynthia Rothrock, Jesse “The Body” Ventura, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Donnie Yen, Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh to the A-List from the original film of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Jason Statham and the rest of the crew. Too bad Noriyuki “Pat” Morita is longer with us. He could have had a role too; like a scene with him and Jackie Chan. Maybe ad a few newcomers too like Tony Jaa, Wu Jing and Jija Yanin Vismistananda. Imagine a fight scene with Tony Jaa taking on Jet Li and one with Jija Yanin taking on Michelle Yeoh. Oh, the possibilities.

  • Arthur

    Not to mention Cyril Raffaelli, Mark Dacascos, Jan Michael Vincent, Wings Hauser, Rutger Hauer and Gary Busey. I doubt Sly could get Harrison Ford. But never say never. Would be cool to see Ray Park have a role too. He was awesome as Darth Maul, The Headless Horseman, Toad and Snake-Eyes. Like to see Cyril Raffaelli take on Jason Statham.

  • The Strongest There Is

    NOthing should ever star Don “The Dragon” Wilson or Bokeem Woodbine.
    (I dont want the names below to be infected by the 2 i just mentioned hence the space usage.)
    New Additions should go as follows lol : JCVD, Jeff Speakman (Perfect Weapon), Mark Dacascos, Donnie Yen, and Phillip Rhea (Best of the Best). I could go along with Rutger Hauer as long as he’s an old blind swordsman ala Blind Fury style. I think all of these people listed should be villians.

    DOnnie Yen VS Jet Li
    Statham VS Mark “The Man” Dacascos VS Jeff Speakman
    Phillip Rhea VS JCVD early in the movie
    Rutger Hauer Vs. Sly

    I would go along with Michelle Yeoh and Jackie Chan as well I guess.

  • Blue Silver

    Van Damme as the main bad guy??? I thought Bruce Willis was the main villain….and who wants to see JCVD as a villain. I sure hope this isn’t the case!

  • ULIK

    AWWW man!!! All of you guys have GREAT suggestions. Of course all of these people won’t fit though! LOL! But that’s what sequels are for though right?!!!

  • Hunting1121

    Ok the cast of the Sequels sounds great but cant CHUCK NORRIS have a cameo even if he aint fighting? Please.

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

      There’s no official cast yet. Just rumors and hopes.