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Clint Eastwood lodges interest in directing Expendables 3

Eastwood in the 1992 film Unforgiven

Clint Eastwood has shown an interest in directing The Expendables 3.

The 82-year-old actor – who has recently dominated headlines worldwide for his now notorious improvised riff with an empty chair at the recent Republican Party conference ahead of the USA Presidential election – has distanced himself from the possibility of starring in the forthcoming action film, but admitted he would be interested in directing the movie.

When asked if he was considering a role in the motion picture, he replied to ExtraTV: “Probably not. I’m probably more apt to direct something. Maybe I’ll direct Expendables 3.

Although Eastwood admitted: “I haven’t had the opportunity to see The Expendables yet. I haven’t read any material.”

The Expendables 3 producer Avi Lerner recently revealed Eastwood and Harrison Ford have both been approached about appearing in the franchise – which stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Arnold Schwarzenegger – but he was unsure whether Steven Seagal would be in the film.

He said: “I have started to speak to Clint Eastwood and Harrison Ford. I’m not sure about Steven Seagal, we’ll see.”

Lerner has confirmed Nicolas Cage will appear in the third instalment of the action movie franchise, and Mickey Rourke will reprise his role of mission coordinator Tool.

He explained: “We’ve got Nicolas Cage to play one of the characters. And we’re going to bring Mickey Rourke back, if he won’t be too crazy. I like Mickey. And of course, all the existing stars will return..”

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