Jean-Claude Van Damme joins Expendables 2?

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An ensemble action film and sequel to the original 2010 hit actioner, The Expendables 2 stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Norris, Bruce Willis, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Jean-Claude Van Damme & Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mr. Church (Willis) reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
January 19th, 2011

Jean-Claude Van Damme is lining up a leading role in the 'Expendables' sequel.

The Belgian actor - popularly known as The Muscles from Brussels - turned down a role in the first film, directed by Sylvester Stallone, but is interested in starring in a second movie.

Van Damme's close friend, director Sheldon Lettich, confirmed the news on a fan forum, claiming he was on board but Steven Seagal is unlikely to return because of issues with producer Avi Lerner.

He wrote: "JC seems to be leaning towards appearing in the sequel, as far as I know.

"If Steven Seagal is not in the sequel, from what I've heard it won't be because of Sly but because of producer Avi Lerner, who had a few bad experiences with Steven."

Bruce Willis is among the other stars set to star in the sequel, confirming last weekend he would likely take on a bigger role in the second film.

Sylvester previously revealed he had asked both Van Damme and Seagal to take part in the project but was turned down.

He said: "I called Jean-Claude Van Damme and Steven Seagal and they just had different ideas on their careers. But I did the best I could, you know?"

Van Damme is next set to appear in assassin movie 'Weapon'.