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Stallon to exit ‘The Expendables’ franchise

Sylvester Stallone has announced his departure from the ‘The Expendables’ franchise, having completed the fourth instalment.

“This will be my final day, I’m enjoying it, but it’s always bittersweet when something you’ve been so devoted to – I guess since, well, now it’s been around 12 years – and ready to pass the torch on to Jason [Statham] in his capable hands,” Stallone stated on Instagram.

The series follows the titular Expendables, a gang of elite mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Stallone). Among the group’s duties have been ousting a Latin American tyrant, pursuing vengeance against a rival mercenary, and dealing with a dangerous arms dealer.

However, narrative details for the fourth film are still being kept under wraps.

The first ‘The Expendables’ film was released in 2010, with sequels following in 2012 and 2014.

Along with Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, and Randy Couture appeared in all three films, while appearances from Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Antonio Banderas, Wesley Snipes, and Harrison Ford were also featured.

The cast of ‘The Expendables 4’ will include Megan Fox, Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent, and Tony Jaa.

The new film is set to be released in theatres in 2022.