The boys are back in town—and they're bringing some old friends with them.
The new trailer for The Expendables 2 is in the wild and if you thought there was plenty of muscle to go around in the original with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolf Lundgren, Jet Li, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the pumped up sequel promises even more '80s action icons kicking ass.
Just who exactly? Here are five things we learned from this high-octane trailer, which features an introduction from Sly himself.
Who Needs Rambo When You Got Barney Ross? Stallone reprises his role as the former SAS soldier who leads an elite team of mercenaries on a mission. This time the crew sets out to avenge the death of one of their own. Let's hope Sly's decision to hand over The Expendables 2 directing chores to Con-Air helmer Simon West will make for a nice improvement over the first entry, which received mixed reviews from critics despite scoring big at the box office.
They Got Thor's Brother! Liam Hemsworth—whose older sibling Chris Helmsworth will be pumping some box office iron this weekend as Thor in The Avengers—adds some young blood to the cast playing a new member of the Expendables, a sniper named Billy the Kid.
JCVD Baby! Jean-Claude Van Damme round kicks his way back into fanboys' hearts. And may we say, it's about time. The Muscles from Brussels plays the film's main villain, who's out to steal a little ol' plutonium to manufacture a weapon of nuclear proportions—that is, if Barney and the gang don't stop him first. Ironically, the former Hard Target turned down Sly's offer to appear in the first Expendables. But we're glad he said yes this time around as it looks like he and Stallone get into one hell of a faceoff.
Not Missing In Action: Taking a break from touting Republican candidates in real life, Chuck Norris goes back to his action roots playing a character named Booker who has never seen a machine gun he didn't like. Though whether he's good or bad is anybody's guess.
Together Again…Again: Unlike the first installment which saw Governator in a cameo role, Arnold Schwarzenegger really is back as Trent Mauser. His character has beefed up, as has Bruce Willis' mysterious Mr. Church. The latter sends Stallone and company out on a seemingly easy job which, of course, turns into one wild adventure.
Get ready to reload indeed. The Expendables 2 hits theaters on Aug. 17.