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That's right, as Sylvester Stallone and Millennium Films prep the third installment of the 'Expendables' franchise, it looks like martial arts master Jackie Chan will be joining the proceedings. Chan confirmed the news while promoting his new film 'CZ12' in Kuala Lumpur. He will not be the only franchise newcomer. Nicolas Cage has already been confirmed for 'The Expendables 3,' and the producers are also pursuing Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood, though no deals are in place for the latter two. Evidently, this is not the first time Stallone has attempted to make Chan a part of this series.
"Sly had invited me to be in 'Expendables 2,'" Chan revealed, "but I was too busy filming 'CZ12' and couldn't make a commitment to the film. But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes," said Chan."
So not only will Jackie Chan be a part of 'Expendables 3,' but he has made being included as a major part of the film a condition of his involvement. I'm actually really glad that this has been stated right out of the gate. The reason it's hard for me to get excited about 'Expendables 3' casting new and agendas, apart from not thinking either of the first two films were particularly good, is that it's always up in the air just how involved the newly cast icons will be. Sure, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis were given bigger roles in 'Expendables 2,' but Chuck Norris was given little more than a cameo. I love Jackie Chan, and he more than deserves to be a part of a legendary action star lineup. However if he hadn't said straight away that he demanded to have a major part, I would have written off this piece of news entirely. My hope, and I don't know why I still have any left for this franchise, is that Chan will be allowed to ply his kung fu trade in wide, unbroken shots and not, as the previous films are guilty of doing, be edited to death.
What do you guys think? Excited that Jackie Chan is coming aboard? Glad he'll have an actual part to play instead of just a cameo? Could there still be potential in this series?
Source: Yahoo Singapore