There's a lot to digest in these 16 character posters and new teaser trailer for THE EXPENDABLES 3!

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Thanks to the work of Sylvester Stallone and his two Expendables movies, old people shooting guns are now considered cool, and not just menaces to society as my grandma and her M4 Carbine found out (hey, she lives in a rough neighbourhood!). But sooner or later, some young whippersnappers also need a chance to blow stuff up with the geriatrics, and that’s exactly what’s happening in The Expendables 3.

So to introduce us to these young faces, plus a few new/familiar old ones, Lionsgate have released a new “roll call” teaser trailer, so take it away Sly and the boys and girl.

And to give you another, even closer look at all those faces (and in the case of Stallone, veins), the studio – via ComingSoon, Collider, IGN and JoBlo – unveiled 16 new character posters, that seem to imply that these people are very, very happy when they have a gun in their hand. And no, that’s not a sexual euphemism.

While I’m still not 100% sold on some of the action credentials of some of these guys (gee, Kelsey Grammer, could you look any more frumpy?), nor am I really familiar with director Patrick Hughes’ work, I just had so much damn fun with The Expendables 2 that I’m rather excited to see this. I’m hoping and praying that the fact that Hughes has landed the gig to direct the English-language remake of The Raid, is because he knows his way around an action scene, and if that is the case, and he can just combine that with the last film’s self-deprecating humor and mockery, then this could be quite good. Or suck. Whatever.

The Expendables 3 stars *deep breath now* Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, Glen Powell and Kelsey Grammer, and will be blowing up cinemas in a gratuitous explosion on August 15, 2014.

Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

Last Updated: April 4, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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