Casting Updates For "All-Girl Expendables' Film And Teenage Assassin Film, BARELY LETHAL

A few women are making headlines this week in casting news. This, in a year that continues to see a significant presence of females in action cinema, including the fourthcoming release of underground action horror flick, Raze, the Helfi Kardit-directed action thriller, Guardian, and actress Julie Estelle who's introduction to Gareth Huw Evans' s upcoming action sequel, The Raid 2: Berandal, which remains to be one of the most hotly-anticipated roles of the coming year.

Last week, actress Sharni Vinson expressed her thoughts and hopes of doing more action roles in an interview with Flicks And The City, with roles like Lara Croft and Elektra thrown in as honorable mentions for roles she would love to do. Little did I know that just several days later in a report over at Collider, Vinson was announced as the latest addition to Dredd producer Adi Shankar's untitled, currently-developing all-female take on the Stallone action vehicle, The Expendables.

Vinson will be joined by actress, MMA pro-fighter and In The Blood star Gina Carano, and Riddick co-star and Harley Quinn hopeful, actress Katee Sackhoff. Vinson's previous credits include Step Up 3D and Blue Crush 2. She currently stars in her long-awaited and newly released home invasion action horror thriller, You're Next, from director Adam Wingard, now playing in theaters.

On Tuesday, it was reported over at Screendaily that actress Jessica Alba will be starring in the upcoming October production of Barely Lethal, with director Kyle Newman. The Machete Kills actress will be joining the production alongside Oldboy co-star, actor Samuel L. Jackson as the main villains of the film.

Back in April, actress Hailee Steinfeld was announced as the lead, a quirky teenage assassin who enrols in a suburban high school after faking her own death in the pursuit of a normal life, until her old boss discovers her whereabouts and begins hunting her. Steinfeld will soon be appearing in the upcoming November 1, 2013 release of Enders Game with actors Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, from writer/director Gavin Hood. The actress also joins actor Kevin Costner for theMcG project, 3 Days To A Kill for a Valentines' Day release next year.

Alba will appear with lead actor Danny Trejo in the theatrical release of Machete Kills on October 11, 2013.

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