One of the most hard-core action movie franchises is set to return with The Expendables 4 next year on September 23. Most of the OG cast is returning with Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross in the lead. But this time around, we’ll also be seeing some new faces with the likes of 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Iko Uwais, and Tony Jaa being the exciting ones among them. But still, the man who truly is the heart of the squad is none other than Jason Statham’s Lee Christmas. Ross and Christmas are the Iron Man and Captain America of the Expendables. But as the franchise approaches its end, who among them will make the final sacrifice play? Well, Sly may have revealed the answer already!
The Last of Christmas?
All franchises coming to an end these days have created a sort of cliché with their leads and endings. Avengers: Endgame made the bold move of killing Iron Man off even though many predicted Captain America to be the one to perish. James Bond sacrificed himself in No Time To Die as Daniel Craig’s tenure ended. Zack Snyder was going to kill off Batman in his Justice League 3. John Wick, Ethan Hunt, and Dominic Toretto are all expected to die in a similar fashion in their upcoming franchise closers. So following that trend, one would think that Barney Ross might make the sacrifice play. But what if it’s Lee Christmas?
Sylvester Stallone recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and he teased that Jason Statham has a much bigger role in what’s expected to be the final film of the franchise. Here’s what he had to say in particular:
I heard it turned out pretty good. Jason Statham is 80 percent of it. He’s happy with it.
Could his happiness mean sadness for the fans of this knife man?
Why Lee Christmas Could Die in The Expendables 4
As many would know, this is supposed to be a closing movie for Stallone at least. The Expendables is one of the franchises that the veteran actor has proudly owned and honed over the years. So logically, he should get a massive sacrifice play while the leadership baton gets passed on to Christmas as that would secure the franchise’s future. But again, an ending like that has become too predictable. So, what if Statham being 80 percent of the movie actually means that he is the one to perish?
Jason Statham has been a part of several franchises himself. He moved into The Expendables from The Transporter. Then there’s The Mechanic and The Fast and Furious saga. And right now, he is turning The Meg into a multi-picture thing as well. So, I guess one of his franchises could and probably should give him a worthy exit. Ross could be left mourning his best friend’s death. And after The Expendables 4, the franchise could get its much-needed reboot with an entirely new cast!