With the release of The Expendables 2
, there has been renewed interest in an all-female version. When the first film was released, two years ago, there was speculation about the dream team of kick-ass females. Amongst those calling for this re-imagining was the website screenrant
. Admittedly, their list included much older female actions stars that would match the all-male cast.
Fast forward to today and there are renewed calls for a female version but with a twist. The twist is that there is widespread interest amongst fans in not just older action stars like Sigourney Weaver and Helen Mirren but also younger ones such as Zoe Saldana, Gina Carrano, and of course Summer Glau.
This time, Hollywood is listening and they have begun talks to assemble an all-female cast for a standalone version that would take place in a separate universe to Stallone’s team. Because it has been a banner year for female-driven action films (The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Haywire), it is easy to see why Hollywood is so interested in finding another vehicle for this type of film. Executive producer Adi Shankar has hired the writer Dutch Southern to write a screenplay and talks are underway with major female action stars.
Realistically, Summer does not perhaps have the draw that Charlize Theron, Mila Jovovich, or Angeline Jolie would have but we think that as part of an ensemble cast Summer could bring a lot to the film. Summer always brings her A game as we saw in Firefly, Serenity, and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And of course Summer is a favourite of Joss Whedon who said at the 2012 SDCC, “The amount of vulnerability and strength she can convey is beyond magnetic.” Surely Joss Whedon’s support for Summer, both behind the scenes and publicly, would be important for the producers and it would surely be a draw for all the The Avengers fans not all of whom know who Summer is.
The fan carpet
has also Summer Glau in their wish list, as well as action heroines Linda Hamilton, Cynthia Rothrock, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Ann Moss, Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano.
So, who else would you like to see in the all female version of The Expendables? What sort of character would Summer play in that cast?
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