Fans who were hoping Jackie Chan would make an appearance in The Expendables 3 are probably suffering from a severe bout of disappointment right about now.
Sylvester Stallone got everyone’s hopes up earlier this year when he revealed Chan had been approached for a role in the sequel. Other rumors suggested that Nicolas Cage and Resident Evil star Milla Jovovich were also in talks with producers.
Unfortunately, Jackie Chan’s name was nowhere to be found on the cast list recently unveiled by The Expendables 3 producer Boaz Davidson. In fact, Cage and Jovovich were also absent from the roster. Steven Seagal, an actor who seems determined to stay in the straight-to-video world, wasn’t included on the list either.
Reports suggested that the Rumble in the Bronx star was originally offered a small role in The Expendables 2. However, his commitment to Chinese Zodiac forced him to pass on the opportunity. He also said in an interview that he was interested in something a bit heftier than a brief cameo.
Just because the veteran Hong Kong action hero won’t be in Stallone’s sequel doesn’t mean he’s sitting on the sidelines. Although he’s retired from hardcore stunt-oriented motion pictures, Chan still has a handful of projects currently in the cinematic oven across the pond.
In addition to the next installment of his Police Story saga, the actor is currently working on director Sam Fell’s action-comedy Skiptrace. The film finds Chan co-starring alongside rising star Fan Bingbing. A release date for the film has not been announced just yet.
Chan is also producing the upcoming romantic comedy Fate is a Game. Although the action hero is helping out with the film, it’s currently believed that he won’t tackle a major role. Eric Tsang, Irene Wan, and Kenneth Ma star in the flick.
Are you a fan of Jackie Chan? What do you think about the veteran action hero’s absence from the Expendables 3 cast list?