Action star Jackie Chan has confirmed that he’s signed on for a role in The Expendables 3, according to First Showing.
The actor recently discussed his involvement with the forthcoming sequel during a press conference for Chinese Zodiac. Chan said he was forced to pass on The Expendables 2 in order to devote time to his final foray into death-defying stunts.
Yahoo! News reports that Jackie Chan was also holding out for a meatier role. Instead of a cameo, the actor said he wanted something much more substantial.
“Sly had invited me to be in ‘Expendables 2’ but I was too busy filming [‘Chinese Zodiac’] and couldn’t make a commitment to the film,” Jackie Chan explained. “But he did extend his invitation to the third movie, which I agreed on the condition that I will be appearing as more than just a minor role with a few scenes.”
According to Screen Rant, Jackie Chan is also working on an American project called Skip Tracer. However, the actor said there’s a chance the script could magically transformed into the fourth installment in the Rush Hour franchise.
“The script is currently viewed by Chris Tucker,” Chan explained. “Personally, I feel that if he were to pick it up, it would be better if we turned it into ‘Rush Hour 4’ but I do think that three movies for the franchise is a perfect ending. It would be better to start a new buddy movie with someone new.”
Before Expendables 3 and Skip Tracer/Rush Hour 4 arrives, Chan will deliver his final stunt-oriented masterpiece Chinese Zodiac into theaters. The film is presently set to open in China on December 20.
“You may not believe it, but I still panic before shooting actions scenes,” the actor explained to China Daily. “But not many people have the chance to have an entire road blocked for them to fly above. And when shooting ‘Police Story,’ I fell off the roof of a building. When I was descending, I saw surprised girls standing in front of the window with their mouths wide open. It was fun.”
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