It seems the Expendables phenomenon is a force not to be reckoned with; the successful action extravaganza has given new life to Arnie and Sly‘s flagging careers, there’s already a second sequel potentially in the works, and now we’ve heard news of an all-female incarnation. Excited? Then read on for more.

Apparently Dredd producer Adi Shankar is keen to see a troop of female badasses follow in the footsteps of Dolph, Jet, Stath et al, and talks are currently underway to get several big names on-board for the film. Hopes are high for a powerful ensemble. According to TotalFilm, Shankar is also thought to be funding the project.

Expendables 2 director Simon West has already put in his two cents, when asked what he thought of the idea:

“I like the idea of seven or eight women mercenaries. It would be Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Milla Jovovich, the list goes on. Helen Mirren, Jamie Lee Curtis would be great.”

But surely we can’t have Mirren without Dame Judi Dench, right? As for Cameron Diaz – really?? But we could definitely see the likes of Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez, Carla Gugino, Uma Thurman and Gina Carano in there somewhere. There’s definitely a potential market for the film, and it’s already sparked our interest… as long as there’s no Keira Knightley or Kristin Stewart involved, it sounds like it could really catch on.

It’ll be interesting to see what they come up with in terms of plot. After all, everyone loves an ass-kicking female heroine or two… or 10.  On that note, here are some of the best badass female movie characters.

Who would you like to see in the female Expendables cast?