Sunday, 19 August 2012

5 Women We Want in the Female Expendables

Earlier this week some awesome news was announced - an all-female version of The Expendables is being written! I love a great female action hero, and so here are my picks of 5 actresses that would be awesome in the movie.

Sigourney Weaver

See Her in Action: The Alien Series

Let's start off with the big guns. Sigourney Weaver's character, Ripley, was arguably the first big female action hero. She was one strong woman and continued to show this through the Alien series. Since Alien finished she's been popping up in action films front, right and centre (see Abduction, Vantage Point, Avatar, The Cold Light of Day).

Then and Now: Weaver still likes a cool gun
What Part Would She Play?

The rest of the women on this list are younger than Weaver by a good few years, so in my female Expendables she would be the leader of the pack. She would perhaps be the high ranking military officer, with the rest of the list being a group of specially picked new recruits.

Milla Jovovich

See Her in Action: The Resident Evil Series

Milla Jovovich got her big action break in 2002 with the release of the first Resident Evil movie, playing the role of Alice. Since then she's been a lead in the entire series of Resi films as well as several other action and thriller movies, including: The Three Musketeers, The Fourth Kind, .45, and Ultraviolet among many others.

What Part Would She Play?

In the Resident Evil films particularly she's proven to be capable with not just guns, but also swords, machete's and all sorts of other more melee-type weapons. Therefore, I'd place her as a weapon expert, providing the team with alternatives to guns if and when the bullets run out.

Kate Beckinsale

See Her in Action: The Underworld Series, Total Recall (2012 Remake)

Kate Beckinsale became a big name in action in 2003 when the first film in the Underworld series was released. Since then she's starred in the other 3 films of the series' as well as other action roles in films such as: Total Recall (2012 Remake), Van Helsing, and Contraband.

What Part Would She Play?

With Beckinsale's Underworld series frequently being compared to Jovovich's, it would be great to see some  conflict between the two women. Perhaps they know each other from a previous mission, or were once good friends but now firm rivals. The film could see some cool fight scenes between the two before they reconcile and agree to work together to take down whatever threat it is that they face.

Angelina Jolie

See Her in Action: The Tomb Raider Series, Wanted, Salt

Angelina Jolie is perhaps the second most intimidating woman on this list (behind Weaver), while she's surprisingly (to me anyway) not the second-oldest - that title goes to Beckinsale - she has had more experience in action films than many of the others. She's had lead roles in the aforementioned Tomb Raider series, along with Wanted, Salt, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Gone in 60 Seconds, and many others.

What Part Would She Play?

As I said before, Jolie probably has more experience in the action genre then Beckinsale and Jovovich and so I'd place her as a second-in-command to Weaver. She'd have an edge on the battlefield due to her extra knowledge, and while she'd be difficult to get along with at first, would soon become more a part of the gang than a superior.

Michelle Rodriguez

See Her in Action: Resident Evil, Battle: Los Angeles, Fast & Furious

Michelle Rodriguez first came to my attention in the first Resident Evil film. She played a badass member of the SWAT team assigned to stop the Umbrella situation from getting out of hand, and was awesome at it. Since then she's made appearances in films such as Battle: Los Angeles, S.W.A.T, and Machete.

What Part Would She Play?

In her breakout performance in "Girlfight" Rodriguez proved she's not too bad with her fists as well as with weapons. I'd have her as an outsider to the group who's employs brutal hand-to-hand combat when up against the odds. By the end of the movie she will have been excepted into the group but her dark past may remain a mystery.

Those were my picks, but who would you like to see in a female Expendables team? Comment below!


Pam Grier would be almost a must--especially considering the parallel to the "throwback" element of the movies. Martial arts, perhaps? Or explosives (considering how she'd be one of the oldest, if she's not still up for physical fighting, perhaps she'd be on the "intellectual" end--MacGyver style).

Lucy Liu, for martial arts and/or samurai sworsdmanship.

And Uma Thurman. You can NOT have a female Expendables without Uma.

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