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Mind Blown: Meryl Streep Might Be In Talks for The ExpendaBelles

Over a year ago we told you that Millennium Films, the company behind The Expendables, is doing a female-focused version of their action franchise called, yes, The ExpendaBelles. There are certain people you’d expect to pop up in an film like that—say, Sigourney Weaver or Linda Hamilton. Or actresses like Gina Carano and Katee Sackhoff, though not them specifically, because they’ve already hitched their stars to another female Expendables movie.

One name I definitely didn’t expect to see pop up in the first slate of ExpendaBelles casting rumors? Meryl Streep. And yet.

The source of the news is Millennium Films chairman and founder Avi Lerner, who told Bulgarian newspaper Standart that he’s negotiating with Streep, Cameron Diaz, and Milla Jovovich to be in the film. For all we know “negotiating with” means he sent Streep’s agent the script and they’re using it to line a birdcage. But even if it doesn’t pan out, the fact that the ExpendaBelles‘ ideal casting is Meryl effing Strep is pretty cool all by itself.

Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich: Also cool. But they’re not Meryl Streep. I mean, who is?

(Side note: Call Helen Mirren, Lerner. And Judi Dench. Do it. Do it now.)

The news was broken by Deadline, which just so happens to have someone who speaks Bulgarian on their staff. Says Lerner (emphasis mine) to Standart:

“The action movie will be spectacular – and in nothing inferior to the three male movies of the The Expendables. There will be battles, special and visual effects and stunts – the spectacle will be equivalent to what Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Bruce Willis and Jean Claude van Damme have done … Two excellent screenwriters are already working on the picture. Now we are in search of a female director.”

Those two screenwriters are Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, who wrote Legally Blonde. The fact that Millennium is actively searching for a female director is new. Considering how few opportunities are afforded to female directors compared to their (often no more experienced) male counterparts, it’s pretty darned amazing, too. Plus it gives me hope that we’ll get a female action film that’s light on the male gaze. Skin-tight outfits and high heels might be sexy, but they’re just not practical when it comes time for some ass-kicking.

So, to recap: There’s a female action movie. The title of which is a pun. It’s written by the team who wrote Legally Blonde. It might have a female director. And Meryl Streep might be in it.

How many drowning puppies must I have saved in a past life to deserve this wonderment?!

(via: SuperHeroHype)

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  • LifeLessons

    YES please!

  • Alissa Knyazeva

    Oh. My. God.

    If this actually pans out…. If this actually pans out, I will forgive them the terrible pun in the title 100x over and go see this movie on opening night.

    Lady actors, lady writers AND lady director? Like, I am actually unwilling to believe what I’m seeing/hearing. Is this real? Am I still dreaming? :O

  • Ashe

    “BTW, where’s michelle rodriguez? she MUST be in this.”

    I WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING. It wouldn’t surprise me if she was the reason this movie existed, to be honest!

  • Ashe

    Female screenwriters? Mostly/completely female cast? Female director? Big-budget movie with big-budget stars that will assuredly be released everywhere?

    I must be in a Twilight Zone episode. I can’t even believe this. But I want to. I WANT TO. This is a thing I WANT.

    Crossing my fingers that Michelle Rodriguez, Zoe Saldana and Sigourney Weaver end up in this (and Ziyi Zhang and Gina Torres and AND AND-). I’m also really amused Cameron Diaz might be in it. She could be the ditzy everygirl by day, ruthless assassin by night.

  • brightmushroom

    So they’re having a discussion with Meryl Streep and I hear she’s ah-mah-zing in it.

  • Anonymous

    Jovovich would be a shoo-in for this project. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez would be great for it too if they consider (and maybe Halle Berry, in spite of *shudder* Catwoman).

    Just as long as they don’t put Beyonce in it. Beyonce ruins everything…

  • Tahlia

    I think she declined it pretty early in the movie’s development.

  • Tahlia

    …. I like the movie title.

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  • Anonymous

    I think of actresses in action films, Meryl Streep and Cameron Diaz
    aren’t even on the list. They seem like odd choices. My ideal list would
    be: Kate Beckensale, Michelle Rodriquez, Sigourney Weaver, Angelina
    Jolie, Lucy Lawless, Gina Torres, Mila Jovovich, Kelly Hu, Linda Carter,
    Eliza Dushku, Linda Carter. And definitely not Halle Berry – she’s
    always so flat in in these action/adventure movies, like they are
    beneath her. She should go back to doing Oscar-bait movies instead.

  • Anonymous

    How awesome would it be if they gave her a Nick Fury-style character. OMG, can you imagine her rocking the eye patch? Yesssssss, please!

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  • Elias Algorithm

    The name IS terrible.

  • Jan Skogberg

    “We are in search of a female director.”?


  • Laura Truxillo

    There are tears in my eyes I want this so much.

  • Laura Truxillo

    IIRC, she said something along the lines of: a movie like Expendables is about old action stars in the decline of their action career, and she doesn’t consider herself there yet.

    But you never know. Maybe if they get a few more names, and the script is really solid, she’ll change her mind? That was in response to a really hypothetical situation.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Yeah, in the past she’s not been particularly enthused: Grumble grumble.

  • Rebecca Pahle

    Ditto! More corny puns!

  • Ashe

    Ah, I see. I’m a little disappointed, but she’s being honest with what she wants. Gotta respect that.