According to a cast list on the Millennium Films website, Jean Claude Van Damme (Hard Target, JCVD) and Chuck Norris (Invasion USA, Lone Wolf McQuade) have joined the cast of The Expendables 2 via Indiewire.
Casting rumors have been floating around for some time now with such names as John Travolta, Donnie Yen, and even Taylor Lautner being talked about.
All the cast members from The Expendables will be back according to the list, which includes: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenger, Bruce Willis, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, and Randy Couture.
Norris is a world class martial artist and was in a number of action films in the 70’s and 80’s like The Octagon, Missing in Action, and The Delta Force. From 1993-2001 he starred in the TV series Walker: Texas Ranger. The Expendables 2 will be his first big screen appearance in 15 years. For the record, Norris is now 71 years old.
Van Damme turned down a role for the first Expendables, but it looks like he won’t be making the same mistake twice. Like Norris, Van Damme has starred in a number of action films in the late 80’s and 90’s before fading away. Recently he has made a bit of a comeback with the semi-autobiographical indie hit, JCVD.
The Expendables 2 will open in theaters on August 17, 2012.
Check out the trailer to The Expendables: