20th Century Fox
By Eric Dodds
August 7, 2014
20th Century Fox

It’s happening, so here are the 15 women—including Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana—who can turn the female version of the summer’s most overstuffed action franchise into another huge hit.

This shouldn’t come as any particular surprise, but The Expendabelles is a thing that is going to happen. The first two Expendables films have been hits, raking in a combined $575 million at the global box office. Action films with female leads have proven increasingly successful at the box office (the Scarlet Johansson-led Lucy recently bested the Dwayne Johnson-starring Hercules when both premiered on the same weekend), and frankly, any fun idea worth having is one worth running into the ground.

With The Expendables 3 set to hit theaters on Aug. 15, producer Avi Lerner announced earlier this week that The Expendabelles was a go, and it’ll hit theaters in the not-so-distant future: “We’re going to do it at the beginning of next year,” he said. “We are writing the final lines of the script [and] we’ve got lots of ideas about who is going to be in it.”

Funny, because we’ve also got lots of ideas about who should be in it. Sylvester Stallone — who has written, produced and starred in all three Expendables films — already reportedly revealed his top choice: Alien star Sigourney Weaver, who would play his wife. Of course, because this is an Expendables spinoff, Weaver would represent roughly 1% of the assuredly star-studded cast, so we’re taking the onus on ourselves to fill out the rest of it.

A quick disclaimer: As nice as it would be to have arguably the two biggest female action stars in the industry (Johansson and Angelina Jolie) headlining The Expendabelles, they’re still a little too big at the moment for the movie. Ditto Meryl Streep, but rest assured that all three would be right at the top of our list for the inevitable sequels.

Even without those draws, this group of 15 women should have no trouble matching up with (or in all likelihood, exceeding) their Expendables counterparts.

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