It's been four years since The Expendables 3 hits theaters, and while it was uncertain for a while if another movie was in the cards, The Expendables 4 was finally confirmed to be in the works earlier this year. Just like the previous Expendables movies, the next installment will see action stars both current and from yesteryear teaming up for explosive, blockbuster shenanigans. However, one star who will not be returning for The Expendables 4 is Terry Crews, as the actor stated he had been warned of "troubles" by one of the upcoming movie's producers if Crews did not withdraw a civil suit. When asked if he has a role in The Expendables 4, Crews responded:
No. Simply because this same producer is under his own ... investigation. Abusers protect abusers --- and this is one thing I had to decide, whether I was going to draw the line on. Am I going to be a part of this or am I gonna take a stand, and there are projects I had to turn down.
Terry Crews has been one of the most consistent voices in the #MeToo movement since it began late last year, with Crews talking about his experience being groped by a Hollywood agent at a party in 2016. Crews has since been filed a lawsuit against this agent, who has been identified as Adam Venit, and his talent company, William Morris Endeavor, for sexual assault. As Crews revealed while speaking in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee today (via Deadline) about the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights, apparently Avi Lerner, the main producer on the Expendables series, had called Crews' manager and asked that he to drop the lawsuit. Crews opted not to reprise Hale Caesar for The Expendables 4.
Even though The Expendables 4 is definitely moving forward, there's little we know about what the fourth outing of this franchise holds in store. So far Sylvester Stallone is the only actor confirmed to be back, having lead the other movies as Barney Ross. However, it was reported last year that Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger will reprise Lee Christmas and Trench Hauser, respectively. Productions on The Expendables 4 is expected to begin early next year. As for Terry Crews, he recently appeared as Bedlam in Deadpool 2, and he's still playing Terry Jeffords in the TV series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was picked up by NBC days after Fox cancelled it back in May.
The Expendables 4 doesn't have an assigned release date yet, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more updates. In the meantime, you can look through our 2018 release schedule to find out what movies are coming out later this year.