Sigourney Weaver Says “No, Thank You” To ‘The Expendabelles’

By August 20, 2014

Earlier this month, I told you how Sylvester Stallone wanted to have Sigourney Weaver as the leader of The Expendabelles, the female spinoff of the hit film franchise, The Expendables.

When Stallone decided to go this route, of course he wanted to have one of the biggest and badass female film icons (like the woman who kicked an alien’s butt in a tank top and underwear) to lead the ragtag bunch of females who like to get down and dirty…but this was not meant to be. THR reports that Weaver was formally offered the part and has indeed passed on the role.

I’m guessing the plot had something to do with it.

When America’s Navy SEALs are wiped out trying to penetrate the island lair of a deadly despot who has captured one of the world’s top nuclear scientists, it becomes clear that there is no such thing as the right man for the job and that this is a mission so impossible that only women can handle it. The only way in: some of the world’s deadliest female operatives must pose as high-class call-girls shipped in by private plane to satisfy a dictator–and instead save the scientist and the day.


Hmm…I’m not really down with that plot either. I’m not guessing that’s the full reason why she turned down the role, but I’m sure that was part of it. Weaver has joined Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson for A Monster Callsbased on the YA fantasy novel written by Patrick Ness and directed by Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible) about a boy who is dealing with bullying classmates and his dying mother by “escaping into a fantastical world through the guidance of a tree monster.”

Check out the book’s motion trailer!

Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, with Jones as his mother and Neeson as the tree monster…and I think I’d rather pay to see that when it opens October 14th, 2016, more than anything!

What say you of this news? Is this that surprising to you or are you glad to know she said “no”?

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  • Jawsphobia

    It is a shame that the premise offered is not interesting or logical, and that it makes an issue of them being female at all. I would keep it simple. If there has to be a plot-justification for a mostly female group, maybe because the people they must rescue are young women who have been captured by males, like, maybe Islamic radicals. There are plenty of things to avenge, and opportunities to make more American side-bar comments. Stallone’s premise feels condescending to chicks. There are some funny women who should be in it. The movie should have a satirical edge. Maybe just as bloody and action-driven but not “posing as call girls” which is embarrassing. Real sex tourism has been shown in Taken. One girl on the team could survive a storage container home after arriving as an undocumented immigrant being exploited, and maybe she learns how to rescue the other girls in the storage crate. It could be called “Outside the Box.” Stallone phoned Soldier of Fortune magazine to find out where the worst injustice was when he chose Myanmar (Burma) for Rambo (4). He should at least explore with the same care for villains the Expendabelles can defeat.

    • HP

      “If there has to be a plot-justification…” Exactly. Why does a plot justification need to exist at all?

  • DelPasso

    It honestly doesn’t sound that bad. I really like the idea of an action movie of just female leads, especially if they’re all greats like Sigourney Weaver. But that name….

  • David Johnson

    Ms Weaver is to Legendary an Actor for this popcorn drivel movie (I’m being nice, think the same of the expendable movies). I have been sat spellbound by her roles in everything from “The Year Of Living Dangerously to Holes” Her Catalog Is Huge & Amazing!!!!