The bad news: Nicolas Cage will no longer lend his totally Acadamy Award-winning acting to the upcoming Expendables 3. Silver lining, though: Dr. Frasier Crane himself, Kelsey Grammer, will take on the role that Cage left, as an ex-mercenary (who hopefully also has a radio show).
According to Deadline, the role is specifically that of Bonaparte—he's an ex-mercenary who "who helps the Expendables in their mission," which just so happens to be overcoming Conrad Stonebanks, the co-founder of The Expendables who looks a lot like Mel Gibson. The official plot synopsis is as follows:
In “The Expendables 3,” Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Grammer's addition to the film just makes the already insane cast that much more insane—based on a story created by Sylvester Stallone, the film stars Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz, and, of course, Stallone himself. The Expendables 3 is set to hit theaters on August 15, 2014.