Kick-Ass Women That Should Be In The Expendables Female Spin-Off
This post is by Chris Kavan from FilmCrave.Com
It was announced that Adi Shankar is planning on released an all-female version of The Expendables franchise. So far, Gina Carano (previously seen taking charge in Haywire) and Katie Sackhoff (Starbuck of Battlestar Galactica fame) have been attached to the film. Not only that, but Millenium films is going ahead with their own version, currently titled The ExpendaBelles (not the greatest, I know). But who should be in these films? There are a lot of women who have proven they can give any man a run for the top action movie crown. Below is my dream team of women – some of who better be in one film or the other – or else they’ve just dropped the ball.
Sigourney Weaver - I dare you to name another character as iconic as Ripley from the Alien series. Sure, the sequels may have delivered diminishing returns, but Weaver continued making Ripley a compelling, strong and memorable character. You can still see that strength from her turn in Avatar to, I kid you not, one of the best cameos of all time in Cabin in the Woods. Just the sound of her voice is enough to make grown men quake in their boots. If she’s not in this movie in some capacity, I will be disappointed.
Summer Glau - When you underestimate your opponent, you set yourself up for failure. She’s been a terminator, she’s been a memory-impaired weapon – she’s a killer in the most unassuming form – the one you least expect. Remember, behind that sweet face hides a killer instinct – take if for granted, and you’ll be picking up your teeth (and that’s if you’re lucky).
Brigitte Nielsen - This is your statuesque, striking woman who can still knock you out. Red Sonja, Rocky IV, Cobra – all early evidence of her nature. I see her as playing a nice villain role – she hasn’t been as high profile since her work in the 80s, but I have a feeling she would make an excellent addition to the cast and would be a welcome sight for those who love a classic touch ala Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Noomi Rapace - The original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has proven she has what it takes to be an action star. Other than playing anti-social hacker Lisbeth Salander, she has held her own with Sherlock Holmes and even managed to create her own Ripley-like character in Prometheus. All this adds up to Rapace being an excellent choice to hang with this group of kick-ass women. I have a feeling she would be able to hold her own.
Linda Hamilton - Second only to Weaver’s Ripley in my mind, Hamilton’s depiction of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 has to be one of the most memorable female-centric action roles of all time. She can handle the guns and the fighting, but it’s her attitude that makes that character work. I see her as kind of Mickey Rourke’s role in the first Expendables – the kind of mentor/retired member of the group who is still tough as nails but giving advice instead of killing everyone.
Michelle Rodriguez - From The Fast and the Furious series, Resident Evil, Avatar, Machete and even Lost – Rodriguez is one tough customer, who still looks good while kicking your ass. She’s no stranger to playing characters with issues – maybe along the lines of Dolph Lundgren – she has her own agenda and it may not always be in the best interests of the group. She would make an excellent addition.
Uma Thurman - A seemingly personal muse for Quentin Tarantino, Thurman’s Bride character from Kill Bill vol. 1 and 2 means she should already be a lock for this film. Give her a sword, give her a gun – just let her punch something – it’s grit, it’s determination and, once again, it’s about the attitude and Thurman certainly isn’t shy about bringing the hurt. Capture that and you’ve got a winner.
Michelle Yeoh - Whether holding her own with Jackie Chan or James Bond, Yeoh has proven time and time again she can take on action roles. Yet she also has depth for dramatics from The Lady to Memoirs of a Geisha – meaning she can bring some much needed weight to a film that’s supposedly all about action. That’s why I would love to see her up on the screen, maybe even as the leader of this band of female warriors. She has proven she has the experience needed to pull off such a role and, for one, would love to see it up on screen.
Now, I know that with previous commitments, filming schedules and the like the chances of getting a dream team of highly regarded-female actresses is unlikely. And I know my opinion is one amongst many (I’m sure everyone has their idea of who should be included), but with the right cast and story, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be as popular as The Expendables, and just as much fun to watch.
Chris Kavan is the Community Manager of FilmCrave.com and he fully endorses equal opportunity for ass kicking in movies.