In no uncertain terms, Sylvester Stallone says Bruce Willis, who played cagey CIA operative Church in the two "Expendables" movies, will not appear in next year's "The Expendables 3."
"WILLIS OUT . . . HARRISON FORD IN!!!! GREAT NEWS!!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!" tweeted Stallone, who co-wrote the first two films but is not a producer of the franchise. He followed this minutes later Tuesday with a post reading, "GREEDY AND LAZY . . . A SURE FORMULA FOR CAREER FAILURE."
The website The Huffington Post Wednesday said, "Stallone's representatives confirmed . . . that the [second] tweet was made in reference to Willis, but did not wish to comment further." Stallone's spokeswoman Michelle Bega told Newsday, "At this time we have no further comment nor can we confirm any information reported by The Huffington Post."
Willis' spokeswoman Samantha Mast did not respond to a Newsday request for a comment.
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Willis will not appear in the third film and that Ford had joined the cast. Variety added that Ford would not take over the role of Church.
Lionsgate's "Expendables" action-movie franchise stars Stallone, 67, as Barney Ross, leader of a group of veteran mercenaries who take on globe-trotting missions. The third film is scheduled to open Aug. 15, 2014. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham are reprising their roles from the first two films, Variety said, with Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey and Victor Ortiz also confirmed. Patrick Hughes is directing.