Sylvester Stallone is getting ready to ramp up his next production and unlike his last two flicks, “Rambo” and “Rocky Balboa,” he’s recruiting some big names to up the ante.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest star to join the cast of “The Expendables,” which Stallone will write and direct, is Forest Whitaker. The trade reports the Oscar winner would play a CIA liaison for a group of mercenaries who are clandestinely sent to South America to overthrow a dictator. Jet Li and Jason Statham, who are more valuable for their ability to gross overseas than their acting skills, join Stallone and former UFC champion Randy Couture as part of the covert team.
The addition of Whitaker isn't exactly a surprise as Stallone had expressed his desire for him to appear in the production for a few months. A spokesperson for NuImage/Millennium, who is financing the film, but a damper on the icon’s intention to be reunited with his “Demolition Man” co-star Sandra Bullock in "Expendables" referring to it as wishful thinking for fans at this point.
Always busy, Whitaker’s next pictures include the football drama “Hurricane Season” and the Sci-Fi thriller “Repossession Mambo.”
“Expendables” is expected to begin production sometime in February.