Following the success of The Expendables last year ($274 million worldwide) a sequel moved swiftly into development, but it was decided Sylvester Stallone would not be directing the next film as he did the first.
After a lengthy search a director for the sequel has been found according to Deadline, and it’s Simon West who most recently directed the The Mechanic starring Jason Statham and Ben Foster, and also directed Con Air and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. He’s an action director, and that’s what the sequel requires.
Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Terry Crews and Jet Li are all expected to return and Bruce Willis, who briefly appeared in the first film, confirmed earlier this year that he’ll have a larger role in the sequel (possibly as a villain).
There has also been talk of Jean-Claude Van Damme showing up in the next one after turning down a role in the original. Apparently he felt there was no substance or development to his character, however while promoting The Expendables Sly said he had spoken to Van Damme and there was some regret on his part for not appearing.