Expendables 4 Casts The Raid’s Iko Uwais As Villain, Wants Us To Believe Old Action Stars Can Defeat Martial Artist Extraordinaire

Iko Uwais (The Raid), the Indonesian actor, stuntman, fight choreographer, and martial artist, will be playing the villain in The Expendables 4. On the heroic side of the equation are Jason Statham (Fast & Furious 7), Sylvester Stallone (The Suicide Squad), Dolph Lundgren (Aquaman), and Randy Couture (Impractical Jokers), all reprising their roles as part of the titular action-star team.

The plot puts a group of veteran, middle-aged action stars against a younger Asian martial artist, which is reminiscent of Lethal Weapon 4 (1998). In Lethal Weapon 4, Mel Gibson (Mad Max) and Danny Glover (Jumanji: The Next Level), 42 and 52 respectively at the time of the film’s release, went up against Jet Li (The Master), who was 35 then.

Now, in The Expendables 4, the protagonists, with the youngest being Statham at 54 and the oldest being Stallone at 75, are expected to fight Uwais, who’s only 38, and still dishing out brutal punishment with deft kicks and punches in films such as Wu Assassins: Fistful of Vengeance and Snake Eyes.

Call us sceptical, but we question the veracity of old action stars defeating a martial artist extraordinaire.