'The Expendables 4' news: release expected 2017; Sylvester Stallone moving on?

(PHOTO: The Expendables Movie)Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables 3.

"The Expendables 4" is expected to hit the silver screen in 2017, and its casting is very much talked about around the web. While Sylvester Stallone is rumored to be leaving the franchise in favor of another one, eminent Hollywood actors and WWE wrestlers are going to fill in the hole.

Stallone has been awarded the Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in the "Creed." He has also been nominated for an Oscar. There are plans to create a sequel to "Creed," and this may just force him to give his "The Expendables" role to someone else. He gave life to the character of Barney Ross, the leader of the Expendables team.

Stallone is said to be taking the backseat job for the film this time. He directed the first movie and worked on the scripts for all the previous three installments.

Slash Film, in its short interview with Terry Crews (who played Hale Caesar in the movie franchise) at the Fox party for the Television Critics Association where he was promoting "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," revealed that plans for the fourth installment of "The Expendables" might go through changes after the Oscar night.

"I have to say, with Sly, I think it looks like he's going to get an Oscar," Crews said. "It's a matter of whether he'll be in it. If he got the Golden Globe, he got the Oscar, there's a lot more things that are going to be offered to him, but if Sly is in it, I'm in."

Reports are saying that Hulk Hogan will be taking Stallone's role, who already expressed his interest to join the crew. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson also wanted to be in the fim, but as a villain.

Meanwhile, Jason Statham, who played Lee Christmas in the first three films, is highly thrilled to start shooting "The Expendables 4," which he expressed in an interview with IGN.

The new movie will be written by Dave Callaham, who also worked on the first three installments of the franchise.

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