Expend4bles: release date, trailer, cast and everything we know about the action movie

Sylvester Stallone in Expend4bles
Sylvester Stallone in Expend4bles (Image credit: EX4 Productions)

The Expendables are back. It's been nine years since the action franchise released its last entry, but Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and more are back, along with some new blood. The franchise looks to prove that it can still kick butt and entertain moviegoers.

Started in 2010, The Expendables franchise brought together a number of Hollywood's biggest action stars — Stallone, Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Chuck Norris, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and more — for world-saving adventures. The result was more than $800 million at the worldwide box office across three movies, the last of which was released in 2014.

What can we expect from this latest entry? Here is everything that we know about Expend4bles.

Expend4bles release date

Expend4bles is now playing exclusively in movie theaters worldwide.

Expend4bles plot

Is Expend4bles going to be a passing of the franchise torch? Too early to tell, but the official synopsis is sure to point out that this latest entry is bringing in a bunch of new recruits. Here is the plot description from Lionsgate:

"A new generation of stars join the world’s top action stars for an adrenaline-fueled adventure in Expend4bles. Reuniting as the team of elite mercenaries, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture and Sylvester Stallone are joined for the first time by Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson, Megan Fox, Tony Jaa, Iko Uwais, Jacob Scipio, Levy Tran, and Andy Garcia. Armed with every weapon they can get their hands on and the skills to use them, The Expendables are the world's last line of defense and the team that gets called when all other options are off the table. But new team members with new styles and tactics are going to give 'new blood' a whole new meaning."

The script was written by Kurt Wimmer (2015's Point Break), Tad Daggerhart (Black Lotus) and Max Adams (The Terminal List).

Expend4bles cast

Four of the original members of the Expendables team are back, including Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross, Jason Statham as Lee Christmas, Dolph Lundgren as Gunner Jensen and Randy Couture as Toll Road. Other original members of the team, including Terry Crews, Jet Li and Steve Austin, are not currently listed as appearing in the movie.

Their potential replacements come in the form of Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson (Power, Den of Thieves) as Easy Day, Megan Fox (Transformers, Jennifer's Body) as Gina, Iko Uwais (The Raid, Fistful of Vengeance) as Rahmat, Jacob Scipio (Bad Boys for Life, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent) as Galan, Levy Tran (MacGyver, The Haunting of Hill House) as Lash and Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, Furious 7) in an as yet unspecified role. 

One other big name is joining the cast for the first time, Andy Garcia (Father of the Bride, Book Club: The Next Chapter), playing Marsh.

Expend4bles trailer

Watch the Expend4bles trailer below to meet some of  the new team and get a taste of the action the movie is going to deliver: 

A red-band trailer for Expend4bles has also made it's way online, playing up the fact that the movie is going to take full advantage of its R rating. Give it a watch below:

Expend4bles reviews

Critics are not fans of the latest Expend4bles movie, as the movie has a 14% positive score on Rotten Tomatoes, which classifies it as "Rotten. It'll be interesting to see how audiences score the movie though.

How long is Expend4bles?

The Expend4bles runtime comes in at one hour and 43 minutes.

What is Expend4bles rated?

Expend4bles earned an R rating in the US and 15 in the UK for "strong/bloody violence throughout, language and sexual material.

Expend4bles director

In addition to new stars, Expend4bles has a new director for the franchise (Stallone, Simon West and Patrick Hughes directed the previous entries). Expend4bles is in the hands of Scott Waugh, whose previous movies include Act of Valor, Need for Speed and 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain

Expend4bles posters

Check out the official posters for Expend4bles right here.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.