Avi Lerner wants Meryl Streep for 'The Expendabelles.' Wait, what?

Here’s some news I initially thought was a joke: producer Avi Lerner is reportedly looking to cast Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz, and Milla Jovovich in a female version of The Expendables called “The Expendabelles.” Let’s hope he’s also on the lookout for a new title and premise.

[Lerner] is negotiating with Meryl Streep, Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich to be in The ExpendaBelles.

Lerner also confides he is searching for a female director for the action film that has a script by Legally Blonde scribes Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith. Insiders say they need to find that director before they begin the casting process. All three of those actresses have done well in action including Streep, who did The River Wild. [Deadline]

I’m all for more female-driven movies, but ideally, writing strong female characters isn’t just writing male characters and then drawing boobs on them at the last second. Also, let’s be honest, The Expendables was pretty dumb to begin with. Instead of the women getting a second-rate ripoff, why not get the Expendables bros do some lady stuff? I’d pay to see Stallone, Statham, Lundgren, Norris and the gang in The Hours. Eh oh, Mrs. Dalloway said she’d buy da flowers herself.

I’ve read a million glowing reviews for this movie, but my God, I’ve never seen something look as unwatchable as this.