The Expendables 4: recapping the existing team members and exploring the new additions

How many action beefcakes can you cram into one movie? The Expendables 4 pushes it to the limit, cramming an assortment of genre icons, plus a raft of relative newcomers, into a story where the explosions come before the thinking.

The Expendables series began back in 2010, envisaged by Rocky and Rambo figurehead Sylvester Stallone. With every subsequent movie, Stallone, his cast and crew have expanded the Expendables ranks, layering a healthy dose of nostalgia over your popcorn.

The fourth movie is released in Cineworld this week, including 4DX and Superscreen engagements. Here's your essential recap of faces both familiar and unfamiliar.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone is... Barney Ross

The de facto leader of the ragtag Expendables brigade, Barney steps aside in this latest instalment and appoints Lee Christmas (see below) as the new team leader. Franchise instigator and action icon Sylvester Stallone may have less screentime as Ross in the fourth Expendables movie but he's still on board as producer and creative chief.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Jason Statham

Jason Statham is... Lee Christmas

Britain's finest, Jason Statham, portrays Barney Ross' loyal sidekick and second-in-command, one who has been there since the inception of the Expendables. In the fourth movie, Lee Christmas as appointed as the new team leader by the absentee Barney, meaning we're poised to get more gruff one-liners than ever before.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Dolph Lundgren

Dolph Lundgren is... Gunner Jensen

The unpredictable and volatile Gunner Jensen has long suffered post-traumatic stress from his combat experiences. Actor Dolph Lundgren, who has been with the franchise since the beginning and also sparred with Sylvester Stallone in 1985's Rocky IV, says the character has now sobered up. We're not getting that impression from the poster...

The Expendables 4 movie poster Tony Jaa

Tony Jaa is... Decha

Thai martial arts legend Tony Jaa, renowned for the bone-breaking likes of the Ong-Bak series, portrays new team recruit Decha.

The Expendables 4 movie poster 50 Cent

50 Cent is... Easy Day

Another new recruit to the Expendables squad, gun-toting Easy Day is played by rapper-turned-actor 50 Cent.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Meghan Fox

Megan Fox is... Gina

Ex-Transformers star Megan Fox portrays Gina, an expert CIA agent and Lee Christmas' other half.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Randy Couture

Randy Couture is... Toll Road

Want something destroyed? You've got to pay the Toll. The team's demolitions expert is played by UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Andy Garcia

Andy Garcia is... Marsh

Oscar nominee Andy Garcia portrays Marsh, another CIA agent and another new member of the team.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Jacob Scipio

Jacob Scipio is... Galan

British actor Jacob Scipio, best known for his villainous role opposite Will Smith in Bad Boys for Life, plays new face Galan and will be looking to inject some youthful energy.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Levy Tran

Levy Tran is...Lash

Vietnamese-American actor Levy Tran, who has appeared in both the Purge and Fast & Furious franchise, plays the no-nonsense Lash, ameliorating the boys' own atmosphere.

The Expendables 4 movie poster Iko Uwais

Iko Uwais is... Suarto Rahmat

Indonesian actor and martial artist Iko Uwais stunned with his balletic abilities in the hard-hitting Raid movies, directed by Gareth Evans. He now plays the ruthless Suarto Rahmat, against whom the Expendables are pitted.


Are you ready to reunite with the Expendables? Click the link below to book your tickets for The Expendables 4, on release at Cineworld from September 22nd.