CONFIRMED : Sly backs up our Nicolas Cage for Expendables 2 scoop

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A couple of weeks ago we mentioned that several big names, including Nicolas Cage, were being coaxed into joining Sly Stallone’s protein-powder infused sequel to “The Expendables”.

Today, Sly confirmed our Cage scoop, which in itself is exciting enough, but he also suggested there’s some truth to the Chuck Norris and John Travolta rumours while hinting that ’80s icons Michael Biehn (“The Terminator”, “Aliens”) and Michael Pare (“Streets of Fire”, “Eddie and the Cruisers”) may also be joining the cast.

Here’s what the big guy told EW about the Simon West directed sequel and who may be joining the Dirty Dozen this time ’round :

“We’ve got Chuck Norris and I think Nic Cage,” says Stallone. “We’re trying to work out different scenarios. I like using people that had a moment and then maybe have fallen on some hard times and give them another shot. So we’re always looking for actors like Michael Biehn and Michael Pare. I like those kinds of guys. Someone did it for me and I like to see if I can do it for them. We also need some new blood in there, a Navy Seal-type, because with the Expendables none of them have 20-20 vision anymore. They need some help, man.”

Stallone also confirmed Jean-Claude Van Damme as the villain.

“We’ll have a big showdown between me and Van Damme, which has been anticipated for a long time, so it should be a good one,” says Stallone, who heads to Bulgaria at the end of this month to start shooting.

The actor can’t confirm the rumours that John Travolta might be involved but suggests he wouldn’t be surprised to see Danny Zuko end up in the flick.

“It’s possible. The one thing I’ve learned is what is a fact on Monday is a complete fallacy on Tuesday. A lot of it is scheduling. It’s not financial. It’s just that Bulgaria is definitely a jaunt. It’s a commitment, you know what I mean? Especially in the dead of winter.”