From the cloud of testosterone that is The Expendables 2, new stills have emerged showing a female member of the cast, and it doesn’t look like she will simply be playing the damsel in distress.

Chinese actress Yu Nan will be joining a cast packed with male action heroes and will supposedly be giving as good as she gets. Adding a woman into the main cast is a new direction for The Expendables, as the previous film looked like a boy’s night out with just a smattering of female attention.

The Expendables 2 is directed by Simon West, but who is in it? Take a deep breath – the cast includes heavyweights such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Dolph Lundgren, Liam Hemsworth, Jean Claude Van Damme and Bruce Willis – phew, let’s hope this film manages to avoid being simply a ridiculous mash-up of Hollywood heavyweights vying for screen-time.

The addition of Yu Nan will not be the only change that we will see in The Expendables 2. Former Karate champion Chuck Norris had some conditions to be fulfilled before he joined the sequel. Unfortunately they were not just that he wanted fresh fruit in his dressing room, no – he has demanded that the film be made to suit a PG-13 rating. Surely this will not sit well with Expendables fans, who are expecting violent scenes with countless manly swear words. But with a PG-13 rating, how much of the first film can really be preserved? Will the film itself end up being ‘expendable’?

Sylvester Stallone has commented on this subject, confirming that the film will indeed be given a PG-13 rating. However he has said that the audience should not worry that the film will be too toned-down, as it will still be spectacular and he hopes that it will satisfy the fans’ taste for action.

Sly has also said the new film will evoke a range of emotions, so is it possible that this film will have more depth than the last one? You’ve got to wonder if that is what Expendables fans really want though? We will have to wait and see, as The Expendables 2 comes out on 17th August this year.

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