David Varod is the CEO of a Bulgaria based film studio called Nu Boyana. This is notable because Sylvester Stallone and his new director pal Simon West are filming scenes for their upcoming sequel to Stallone’s team-up movie The Expendables in Bulgaria. This is newsworthy because Varod is claiming that some big names, not previously confirmed as being in The Expendables 2, are on their way to Bulgaria to film for the movie.
When speaking to Novinite, Varod first confirmed that shooting was taking place in September, and then hinted that a lot of Hollywood stars would be moving into the country to do work, “Yes, we are definitely going to do that project. It is going to be a sequel the (sic) The Expendables. The shooting is going to take place the second week of September. The movie is on, definitely. It will be a very good thing for Bulgaria, since there are some very big stars coming.” Big stars, that makes sense. It’s long been assumed that the stars from the original film like Stallone, Jason Statham, and Mickey Rourke would return. There was even some notion that guys like Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who only made small cameos in the first film, might return in larger roles this time. But when pressed to name off the “big stars” that would be making their way into the country, Varod named a few that could potentially be huge casting announcements.
His list included, “Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke…who else? Of course, Bruce Willis.”
It’s questionable how much inside info Varod really has when it comes to the casting of The Expendables 2, perhaps he’s just a guy helping scout locations and set up crews who started running his mouth a little bit; but he does clearly have some connection to Stallone and West’s upcoming action film, so I’d say that Travolta, Norris, and Van Damme can be considered rumored cast additions.
At the very least, I would imagine this means Stallone is going after them. I thought that The Expendables was a bit of a disappointment and much more of a Stallone/Statham team-up movie than it was the all-star ensemble film that it was billed as. If Willis and Schwarzenegger are really back for bigger roles, and if mega action stars like Travolta, Norris, and Van Damme are really joining in on the fun, then I may be giving this sequel another chance to impress. This might be the most roundhouse kick filled movie of all time. [via Collider]