Sylvester Stallone is one of the action stars who put The Expendables franchise on the map, but he’s ready to leave it in the past. The famous actor announced he’s leaving this action series after wrapping up the production on the upcoming fourth movie.
Stallone made the announcement in an Instagram video, where he described his departure as “bittersweet”, but added that he’s ready to pass the baton to his co-star Jason Statham because he feels that the franchise is safe in “his capable hands”.
Stallone also took moment to look back at the “heart, energy, and humor” that he put in the Expendables movies, hoping he was able to elevate them beyond action.
“The greatest thing is being able to provide films [and] entertainment [where] maybe there’s a little message in there because what I try to convey in my successful films is the human touch. Not so much the action; the action is self-evident,” he explained.
The Expendables 4 will see Stallone return as Barney Ross, the leader of the group of elite mercenaries. He’ll be joined by Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and several newcomers to the franchise, including 50 Cent and Megan Fox.