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Lionsgate's 'The Expendables 3' Starts Production in Bulgaria

THEATER: Sylvester Stallone
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Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger topline the third installment of the film franchise.

TORONTO – After a flurry of casting announcements, Lionsgate and Millennium Films have started rolling the cameras for The Expendables 3 in Bulgaria.

The third installment of The Expendables action-thriller franchise will be produced in and around the Nu Boyana Studios in Sofia.

The Lionsgate title is toplined by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger as returning talent.

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Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford join the cast for The Expendables 3, along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.

Patrick Hughes is directing The Expendables 3 with writing by Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt.

Stallone, Avi Lerner, Kevin King Templeton, Danny Lerner and Les Weldon are producing the action movie with Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson and John Thompson serving as executive producers.

Lionsgate will release The Expendables 3 in North America and the U.K. on Aug. 15, 2014.