Soon after announcing nearly complete deals with Wesley Snipes, Jackie Chan, Milla Jovovich and Nicolas Cage to appear in The Expendables 3, Lionsgate has dropped another key piece of information for the action sequel: a premiere date.
The Expendables 3 is set for an Aug. 15, 2014, release, which follows the franchise’s pattern nearly to the day. The first film bowed on Aug. 13, 2010, while the second debuted on Aug. 17, 2012. Keeping with the theme, production is expected to start this August.
The brainchild of Sylvester Stallone, the action films bring together some of the biggest names in action films past and present, with Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture playing a team of mercenaries who have dubbed themselves the Expendables.
The franchise has also welcomed Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean Claude Van-Damme, Steve Austin, Eric Roberts, Chuck Norris, Gary Daniels, Charisma Carpenter, Liam Hemsworth, Nan Yu and Scott Adkins into the fold. Australian filmmaker Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) is on board to direct.