Watching 80s era action film veterans kick ass together has become one of the niche subgenres in cinema, and Sylvester Stallone has been at the forefront of that, first with his Expendables films and then with Escape Plan, which reteamed him with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Stallone portrayed Ray Breslin, a structural engineer who is incarcerated in the world’s most secret and secure prison in which he was unwittingly trapped in, neccessitating his escape aided by fellow inmate Emil Rottmayer (Schwarzenegger). Last month, the sequel was greenlit with Stallone confirmed to be returning. Steven C. Miller (Marauders, The Aggression Scale) is directing from a script by Miles Chapman (Escape Plan, Road House 2: Last Call).
The film was initially without any additional cast members, but reports earlier this week have confirmed that Dave Bautista, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Jaime King will be costarring alongside Stallone, who will more than likely be trapped in an even more difficult to escape prison. Bautista’s role is currently unknown so he could be playing anybody from a fellow ally to an antagonistic prison inmate or guard. Jackson and King will be portraying Breslin’s colleagues Hush and Abigail, with Jackson returning from the previous film and King taking over for Amy Ryan (Central Intelligence, Goosebumps).
Bautista is becoming quite the household name as far as action films go due to his role as Drax the Destroyer in Guardians of the Galaxy as well as antagonists in Kickboxer: Vengeance, Spectre, Riddick and The Man with the Iron Fists. He will be reprising Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 and Avengers: Infinity War as well as an unknown role in Blade Runner 2049. Jackson’s also been carving out quite the acting career with his role on his TV series Power as well as low-budget action-thrillers starring Robert DeNiro (Righteous Kill, Freelancers) and Bruce Willis (Setup, Fire with Fire, The Prince). King is probably best known for her roles as femme fatale twins Goldie & Wendy from Sin City and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Bulletproof Monk, The Spirit, and the TV show Heart of Dixie. There’s been no word on Schwarzenegger’s involvement, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be returning for the sequel.
The first film underperformed at the U.S. box office but it was successful internationally, which is presumably why the sequel was greenlit despite the mixed reviews. Stallone’s influence may also be key, as he’s still riding high from his recent acclaim in the Rocky-spinoff, Creed.
Escape Plan 2 currently has no official release date but check back here for more updates.