January 5, 2009 / 7:59 AM / 10 years ago

Forest Whitaker eyes "Expendables" with Stallone

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sylvester Stallone may have his man.

Actor Forest Whitaker arrives at the Stand Up To Cancer broadcast event in Hollywood September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Forest Whitaker is negotiating to join the cast of the action film “The Expendables,” Stallone’s latest writing and directing effort. Whitaker would play the CIA liaison for a group of mercenaries (played by Stallone, Jet Li, Randy Couture and Jason Statham) who are clandestinely sent to South America to overthrow a dictator.

Stallone, who expressed his intention to woo Whitaker in November, has been scouting locations for a February shoot. Reports about Stallone’s pursuit of “Demolition Man” co-star Sandra Bullock amount to, according to a spokesperson for producer Nu Image/Millennium Films, merely wishful thinking for fans.

“Expendables” is the first project in Stallone’s two-picture deal with Nu Image/Millennium. He last wrote and directed “Rambo,” which mowed down $155 million in worldwide grosses.

Whitaker won an Oscar for playing Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland” and next appears in “Hurricane Season” and “Repossession Mambo.”

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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