The Expendables 3 needs a villain, and Mel Gibson might be it.
Sylvester Stallone has been attempting to add cast members left and right over the past few weeks. Now sources are claiming that Gibson is being considered for the role of the villain in the forthcoming sequel.
An insider with knowledge of the deal told Showbiz 411 that the Lethal Weapon star would portray the villain in Red Hill writer-director Patrick Hughes’ sequel. However, nothing about his involvement has been confirmed by either Mel Gibson or Sylvester Stallone.
The website also suggests that Jackie Chan, Mill Jovovich, and Nicolas Cage have also signed on for the project. However, their roles in the movie have yet to be confirmed on an official level. Deadline previously reported that all three were in negotiations, but there’s very little information beyond that.
Gibson has been laying pretty low since his public meltdown. Although he attempted to rebound with The Beaver and Get the Gringo — the latter of which is actually pretty good — nobody is willing to pay money to spend time with the actor anymore.
However, Mel Gibson’s turn in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete Kills could put the actor back on the comeback trail. Since people view the actor as a villain, this could work to his advantage in The Expendables 3. After all, Stallone always kills the bad guy.
This isn’t the first time Gibson’s name has been mentioned in the same breath as the sequel. Stallone previously hinted that Mel could possibly direct the follow-up. However, that gig ultimately went to Hughes.
For now, it’s probably best to treat these reports as nothing more than rumors. As soon as a deal has been inked, chances are Stallone is going to announce something on Twitter. He always does.
Do you think Mel Gibson would make a good villain in The Expendables 3?