'The Expendables 4' news: cast rumors include Pierce Brosnan, Steve Austin, Manny Pacquiao

(Lions Gate Entertainment)Cast of "The Expendables 3"

The casting for "The Expendables 4" seems to be shaping up quite nicely but promises to be the most exciting installment in the series with the addition of more action icons.

According to Movie News Guide, aside from Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham, who will be reprising their roles as Barney Ross and Lee Christmas, former 007 agent Pierce Brosman has also signed on to join the testosterone-packed action movie.

Hulk Hogan and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have also expressed openness to be part of the movie but Johnson, in an interview, has said that he would rather play a villain than part of Sly's band of ragtag mercenaries.

"I don't want to be on their team and be buddies with them. F*** that noise. I want to hunt every single one of them down and tell them to 'send your soul to heaven cause your a** is mine,'" he said.

There are also talks that another WWE superstar "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is being tapped for a role in the franchise, reported Christian Post Entertainment. The wrestler has earlier appeared in the first movie as one of Eric Robert's underlings but the character did not die and may return to the franchise should the writers decide to bring him back.

A report by KpopStarz also cited other cast rumors include boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as well as the return of Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Harrison Ford, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Ronda Rousey, Terry Crews, Jet Li, and Kellan Lutz.

"The Expendables" is reportedly looking to begin production this year to release the movie by 2017. As with previous films, it has earmarked a budget of $100 million for the ensemble action film.

The new movie will be penned by Dave Callaham, who also wrote the first three installments in the series.

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