Potentially the most awesome action cast of all time just became a little awesomer with news that Forest Whitaker is in negotiations to join The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone’s latest writing/directorial project.

The Expendables sees the wildly over-the-top team of Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Jason Statham and ultimate fighting champion Randy Couture as a team of unfeasibly pitiless mercenaries put together to overthrow a corrupt dictator in the fictional South American republic of Corza. Whitaker will play their CIA liaison officer, presumably overseeing their death-defying mission from a safe distance.

While Oscar-winner Whitaker could add gravitas to what sounds like a romp, I’m particularly excited by the prospect of Stallone’s reunion with Rocky IV nemesis and all-round action titan Lungdren, last seen knocking heads together as a Bible-bashing biker in 2007’s Missionary Man (which he also directed).

Dirtier than the Dirty Dozen, wilder than the Wild Geese and more grammatically correct than the Inglourious Basterds, The Expendables hit our screens in 2010, with shooting scheduled to begin in March.

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