Happy New Years Eve everyone! 2017 is looking to be a very cool year for cinema with three Marvel movies, Star Wars Episode VIII, War for the Planet of the Apes, John Wick: Chapter 2, Wonder Woman, and a dozen more I can't possibly fit into this little introduction. Well, hopefully, all of those movies can keep us in our seats until 2018, because that's when The Expendables 4 is hoping to explode into theaters with its meaty fist. Yes, the action heavy team-up franchise will be pushing out one last hoorah, and Sylvester Stallone has revealed when the film is expected to begin filming.

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Sylvester Stallone took to Facebook to send a personal video message, letting his fans know that The Expendables 4 is looking to begin film sometime next year. In fact, Stallone is already starting his workout regime to get in shape for the film. Seeing as how the film is expecting a release in 2018, we're probably looking at a start date sometime in the spring. We don't know how much development has already gone into the film, but since when has story ever been a concern for an Expendables movie? What people really care about is who will be IN the movie.

So far, only Stallone, Jason Statham, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are expected to return for the fourth and final Expendables film. We can probably count on Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, and Jet Li to reprise their roles as well- seeing as how they've been in every film in the series thus far. The Expendables has featured a who's who of 80's and 90's action stars, with cameos from Bruce Willis, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, and Chuck Norris. It's hard to predict who will finally make the cut, but we're sure to find out soon enough. Personally, I think it's only a matter of time before Vin Diesel answers the call.

The Expendables follows a team of mercenaries of the same name who go on deadly missions to fight criminals... and wear matching berets. The movies contain tongue in cheek references to classic actions films of decades past, and frequently feature roles with some of the biggest action icons. It's basically The Avengers of action films. If the Avengers bulked up and said nothing but their old catchphrases, that is.

The first and seconds Expendables films were rated R, but The Expendables 3 went for a PG-13 rating. It's unknown what rating The Expendables 4 will eventually get ,but given the recent trend and success of R-rated action films (hello, Deadpool and John Wick), it's possible that the franchise will return to a bloodier rating.

Not much else is known about The Expendables 4, but be sure to check back in with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated as new information becomes available.

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