Mickey Rourke Not Returning for ‘The Expendables 2?’

Might be two busy making a dognapping movie with the director of In Bruges instead.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Mickey Rourke has been handling his post-The Wrestler career resurgence well. Iron Man 2 was a good idea. The Immortals looks kinda fun. And The Expendables established him as 1980s Hollywood royalty. But Deadline reports that his involvement in The Expendables 2 is no longer a certainty, as he's in negotiations to co-star in Martin McDonagh's next film project, Seven Psychopaths, instead.

We certainly understand the temptation. McDonagh's first feature film, In Bruges, garnered the director an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, and deservedly so. It was a smart and biting character piece disguised as a conventional hitman comedy, and has earned a strong audience following since its release. So we're cutting him a little slack, since the plot for Seven Psychopaths doesn't sound that great. It's about a screenwriter with writer's block (sigh…) who gets involved in a dognapping scheme (double sigh…). But it also co-stars Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken, so it might be pretty solid.

As for The Expendables 2, we'd heard rumors that Rourke's role was going to be a pretty small one to begin with, maybe even a pivotal one, so we're hoping that he'll find time to fit both productions into his schedule.

CraveOnline will be back with more Expendables 2 news after we drop and give you twenty.