Kelsey Grammer lands Nicolas Cage's Expendables 3 role

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer had landed the role initially offered to Nicolas Cage in 'The Expendables 3'.

Kelsey Grammer will replace Nicolas Cage in 'The Expendables 3'.

The 58-year-old actor is close to signing on to play the role of Bonaparte, an ex-mercenary who comes to the assistance of the team of hired soldiers in the big budget blockbuster action movie, Deadline reports.

The part was initially offered to Cage, who was only expected to have a small cameo since filming is already underway for the project.

Grammer will appear alongside an all-star cast of Hollywood's finest musclemen, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes and Terry Crews, as well as model-and-actress Milla Jovovich. Meanwhile, Bruce Willis won't be returning for the third film.

The actor - best known for his TV shows 'Cheers' and 'Frasier' - has made a move into action films of late.

He also landed the role of the villain in Michael Bay's alien robot movie, 'Transformers: Age of Extinction', in which he will play scheming counter intelligence officer Harold Attinger, a character who is thought to hatch a plan to use Cybertronian technology as weapons research for mankind.

'The Expendables 3′ is due for release on August 15, 2014.

The Expendables 3

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Hughes
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas
  • UK release: 14 August 2014

Mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) goes up against colleague-gone-rogue Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), a ruthless arms dealer. The action is fine, and the interplay between the somewhat ageing stars remains the film's biggest asset, but a lazy script, watered-down violence and general lack of risk-taking make for predictable…


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