In this new exclusive “roll call” for this summer’s “The Expendables 3,” a title card boldly announces that Barney Ross, aka co-writer and star Sylvester Stallone, and his team are back together for
“One Last Ride.” But if they are going out, it’s with a bang (and a boom, and more than a few ka-pows). And they are bringing along some new — but very familiar — faces.Headlining the expanded cast is Mel Gibson, as Barney’s ex-partner and current nemesis Conrad Stonebanks (how’s that for a villain name?), and Harrison Ford, looking right at home as he pilots a helicopter (something the action veteran can do in real life, by the way). Other new team members: Stallone’s “Assassins” co-star Antonio Banderas; his “Demolition Man” co-star Wesley Snipes; and Kelsey Grammer (no, really!).
To properly battle a foe as formidable as Stonebanks, Barney must bring in a new generation of tough but tech-savvy youngsters, whose banter will probably inspire the old-timers to mutter such things as “What’s a Twitter?” New faces include “Twilight” alum Kellan Lutz (looking rugged with perfectly art-directed facial hair), MMA star Ronda Rousey (the only female presence in the teaser), Glenn Powell (“The Dark Knight Rises“), and boxing champ Victor Ortiz, who makes his movie debut.
The action consists of the usual crazy stunts, explosions and gunfire, though the tone of “The Expendables 3” seems to be flirting with self-parody for the final hurrah. Indeed, the “roll call” is filled with as many smiles, laughs and goofy facial expressions as things getting shot up and blow up, all set to a summer-movie remix of Billy Squier’s “The Stroke.” It’s just a little taste of the action to get you prepped for the full trailer which should be popping up soon.
“The Expendables 3” opens Aug. 15.