New trailer for The Expendables 3 offers a little more backstory and a lot more explosions

If you’re the sort of person who watched all of the preview footage for The Expendables 3 released so far and thought, “It looks okay, but I need to know a little more about the plot and the characters’ motivations before I buy a ticket,” then the latest trailer is for you.

Premiering over at IMDb, the new trailer opens with a sequence involving the helicopter-assisted rescue of Wesley Snipes’ character (one of the new additions to the franchise) from a heavily armored train packed with soldiers. While Snipes’ return to the team appears to be a positive, the return of a character played by Mel Gibson (another actor new to the series) is received a little less warmly by Expendables leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone). 

“We were close once,” says Gibson’s character, Conrad Stonebanks. “We started this whole Expendables thing together. But we had a falling out.”

Naturally, that “falling out” results in Barney assembling his team of mercenaries, and gathering a few new, yet entirely familiar, faces for the latest mission — including Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Kelsey Grammer — in an attempt to stop Gibson’s character from destroying the team.

The film also adds a few younger actors to the mix with The Legend of Hercules actor Kellan Lutz, UFC champion Ronda Rousey, and boxer Victor Ortiz, among others. The full cast of the film is, as always, an impressive list of current and former action-movie stars, including Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Snipes, Banderas, Gibson, and Ford.

The Expendables 3 hits theaters August 15. 

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