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 Calls, based 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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