Fantasy Flicks: The Xpendable Ones
Hollywood has never been accused of being original. And when a concept gets hot everybody wants a piece of the pie.
Whether it is space adventures, superheroes, vampires or zombies… one blockbuster equals dozens of attempts to duplicate the success.
This is why I’m surprised a direct to video production company or one of the cable networks has not tried to capitalize on the successful Expendables formula of bringing together multiple action stars for one epic adventure.
In this edition of Fantasy Flicks, I put together an all-star cast for what is sure to be a favorite on all the streaming sites… The Xpendable Ones!
The Good Guys
- Carl Weathers as Fred James – The leader of The Xpendable Ones, he smells like smoke because he’s been through fire!
- Michael Dudikoff as Ray Easter – He is Fred’s right hand man and he’s good with a blade.
- Sho Kosugi as “Chop” Saki – The martial arts expert of the group.
- Casper Van Dien as Wildey Johnson – Wild card of the group and a lover of science.
- Michael Jai White as Dale Augustus – Weapons expert of the group.
- “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as Detour – Because you need a former pro wrestler or MMA guy in these movies and it would give Austin the distinction of being the first man to appear in this Expendables knock off and one of the actual Expendables movies.
The Bad Guys
- Lorenzo Lamas as President Nicolas Varela – The renegade president of a fictitious Latin American country, Val Verde.
- Jesse Ventura as General Rex – After being dishonorably discharged, Rex would become a mercenary and eventually be chosen to lead Varela’s evil army. He has history with Fred James.
- Brian Bosworth – Varela’s personal bodyguard.
Angelica James, ace correspondent for the News Now cable network (and daughter of Fred James) is covering a United States Senator’s visit to Val Verde, when the Senator, his entourage, Angelica and her crew are ambushed and taken hostage by the maniacal President Varela, a man who has no love for the United States and is looking to make a statement to the world.
Now Fred James and The Xpendable Ones must make their way to Val Verde, rescue his daughter and the rest of the hostages and make a statement of their own. One that President Varela won’t soon forget.
Expectations are so high for this film that Xpendable Ones 2 is already being worked on… Oliver Gruner has signed on to be the main antagonist. Marc Dacascos will be the newest member of The Xpendable Ones. And negotiations are underway with Kane Kosugi.