It should come as no surprise that Gina Carano is the first woman to be signed on board the female version of “The Expendables” that Adi Shankar has been hard at work on. And, according to him, it doesn’t.
Word first broke that “The Grey” producer was working on a women-oriented response to “The Expendables” back in August, and now Variety is reporting that Carano is officially the first woman to come on board. She might not be as established as the male stars of “The Expendables” are, but Carano has proved that she is one of the most badass women in Hollywood in the past year alone.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of ‘The Expendables’ without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba,” Shankar told Variety, winning the analogy award of the day.
It’s unclear what direction the casting for this movie could go from here. Shankar could follow “The Expendables’s” lead and go for an older set of leading ladies (Sigourney Weaver, Uma Thurman and Lucy Lawless all would be shoe-ins in that case) or he could continue to gather younger action heroines (hello, Zoe Saldana, Michelle Rodriguez and Chloe Moretz). Regardless, this movie is slated to be just as fun as “The Expendables” films are — if not more so.
Dutch Southern is writing the script. No word yet on when this untitled project will go into production or hit theaters.