Meryl Streep is among the handful of actresses rumored for a major role in the all-female version of The Expendables.
Since the guys get to kick butt on a regular basis in Sylvester Stallone’s action series, many fans want to see the ladies get in on the fun. According to Cinema Blaze, producer Avi Lerner has his eyes set on a number of talented Hollywood actresses for the spin-off.
Dubbed Expendabelles, the producer wants to provide the same level of non-stop action as the original movies. Instead of letting the guys do all of the heavy lifting, Meryl Streep and her co-stars would get to kick people around and blow some stuff up. This writer definitely doesn’t see a problem with that.
In addition to Meryl Streep, Lerner is also interested in snagging Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich for the Expendables spin-off. Deadline reports that the producer is currently negotiating with all three actresses for roles in the project.
“The action movie will be spectacular — and in nothing inferior to the three male movies of the The Expendables. There will be battles, special and visual effects and stunts — the spectacle will be equivalent to what Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme have done. Two excellent screenwriters are already working on the picture. Now we are in search of a female director.”
Although Meryl Streep may not seem like a great choice for the all-female version of The Expendables, the versatile actress would definitely fit right in with the rest of the cast. Hardcore fans of the She-Devil star are very familiar with her 1994 thriller The River Wild.
Director Curtis Hanson’s adventure flick found Meryl Streep portraying a rafting expert who takes a pair of killers down a particularly rough and violent river. Kevin Bacon, David Strathairn, Benjamin Bratt, and John C. Reilly co-starred in the underrated action movie.
The River Wild definitely wasn’t as over-the-top as The Expendables and its sequel. However, Meryl Streep could give the flick a level of sophistication it may otherwise lack.
According to The Huffington Post, Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith — who wrote 10 Things I Hate About You and Legally Blonde — are penning the script. Lerner is also reportedly interested in landing a female director for the spin-off.
Are you a fan of award-winning actress Meryl Streep? What do you think about the Death Becomes Her star getting involved with the all-female version of The Expendables?