The man who played Dr. Frasier Crane for more than a decade is now suiting up to join the muscle-bound ruffians of The Expendables.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Kelsey Grammer will play a character named Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who will help the Expendables in next summer’s action blowout. He’ll appear next to returning cast members Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Grammer joins Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, Milla Jovovich, and Welsey Snipes as the new additions to the film. Mel Gibson is playing the villain, a man named Conrad Stonebanks who co-founded the Expendables with Stallone’s Barney Ross character but now wants them all dead.
My headline is actually a bit misleading, since Nicolas Cage was apparently never involved with the second Expendables sequel, despite numerous reports to the contrary. Stallone had mentioned Cage’s name when asked which actors he’d like to see in a third entry, and that was about as far as the conversation went. I think it’s safe to say action fans would have rather seen Cage step into this film, but maybe Grammer will surprise everyone; he held his own as Beast in the X-Men films, and perhaps his stately presence will add a bit of gravitas to this juiced-up sequel. Or maybe he’ll play way against type, which could result in a great scenery-chewing performance. (He’s also appearing in Michael Bay’s Transformers 4 next year, extending his visit to the action realm.)
The second Expendables movie was far more fun than the dark and dreary first effort, so we’ll see what kind of style Red Hill director Patrick Hughes brings to the series this time out. The screenplay for Expendables 3 is written by Creighton Rothenberger and
Katrin Benedikt, who recently scripted the gleefully violent Olympus Has Fallen, so at the very least, we’re hoping for good things from the story here.
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