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The Expendables 2 Enlists Scott Adkins

Earlier this month it was rumored that Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Scott Adkins had joined the ranks of Simon West's The Expendables 2. A few days later the Van Damme and Norris roles were confirmed, but there was still a big question: is Scott Adkins in or out? Today the answer to that query has arrived.

MovieHole has learned that Adkins has indeed joined Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li, Liam Hemsworth and the rest for the summer blockbuster sequel. While we don't know too much about Van Damme's role in the film (other than the fact that there will be a "big showdown" between him and Stallone), apparently it's one that requires henchmen as that's what Adkins will play. This will be far from the first time that Van Damme and Adkins have worked together, as both starred in The Sheperd: Border Patrol and Assasination Games. Both are also slated to appear in Universal Soldier: A New Dimension with fellow Expendables star Dolph Lundgren. The film is scheduled to begin shooting in Bulgaria this month.

This cast just keeps getting bigger and bigger. In the first Expendables movie Stallone was actually forced to cut entire roles just to make sure the plot made any sense. One has to imagine, however, that they've learned their lesson on this film and will have solid, important parts for its entire ensemble cast. Considering it's the director of Con Air sitting in the director's chair, one can only hope that it won't be a problem.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.