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If you follow Sylvester Stallone on Twitter, you notice one recurring theme to his tweets: Expendables 3. Sly knows where his bread is currently buttered and so has been tantalizing fans with little updates like "Calling SEAGAL." And while Steven Seagal is a no-brainer addition to the next Expendables adventure, the tweet below has us much more intrigued.
The Expendables movies have brought together some of the best action heroes past and present to rumble in a franchise overstuffed with muscle and testosterone. But the success of the films is inspiring dueling spin-offs that will essentially be a woman version (one actually called—ugh—Expendabelles). To date, Nicolas Cage, Jackie Chan and Wesley Snipes have been considered as additions to the beefed up ensemble of Expendables 3, but could the tweet above mean Sly is bringing some female star power into the mix?
As I see it, the tweet above can be read two ways. First: Sigourney Weaver is a badass action heroine; we need someone like her but younger (read: hotter) for this male-audience-driven franchise. Or two: Sigourney is on board and we need someone who can encapsulate her unique blend of strength and smarts to play a younger version of her character for flashback purposes (or something.) I'm hoping it's the latter because with appearances in Cabin in the Woods and Paul, Weaver has shown she is still a force to be reckoned with, not one to be cavalierly replaced. Though it may be a bad sign that Sly misspelled her name.
But who would be considered a young Sigourney? While this summer has seen the emergence of several exciting action heroines, that's not an easy question. Weaver defined resilience and courage in the Aliens movies, and her performance as Ripley is as iconic as John McClane, Rambo or the Terminator. The more I think about it, the more I hope Sly realizes there really is only one Sigourney Weaver, and casts accordingly.