‘The Expendables 4’: Iko Uwais Will Kick Stallone And Statham’s Butts As The Action Sequel’s Villain

It’s time for Iko Uwais to blow up in Hollywood. I’m serious. There is no better screen fighter than Uwais, who broke out with a number of Indonesian action flicks including The Raid, The Raid 2, and Headshot, before jumping into big studio films such as Mile 22, Stuber, and most recently Snake Eyes. But he’s yet to have that role that separates him from the pack. Perhaps kicking Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham’s asses in The Expendables 4 will do it?

Continuing to prove The Expendables 4 is being made just for me, Iko Uwais has joined the cast and he’s playing the villain. Hell. Yes. While details on the “plot” (do these movies have plots?) are being kept under wraps, Deadline says Uwais will play a “former military officer turned arms dealer with his own private army.”  

We do know this film will be focused on Statham’s Lee Christmas character, while Stallone’s team leader Barney Ross will say farewell to the franchise. Perhaps…Uwais’ character kills him off? Others in the cast include Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, 50 Cent, Megan Fox, Andy Garcia, and another awesome martial artist, Tony Jaa. Jaa and Uwais previously worked together on 2019’s disappointing Triple Threat, a movie that had no business being as lame as it was.

Directed by Scott Waugh, The Expendables 4 opens in 2022.

Travis Hopson
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