The Expendables 2 is set for release next summer, but it has been without a director since Sylvester Stallone stated that he would only do his duties in front of the camera and lending a hand to the writing, rather than returning to direct.

But today his replacement has been annouced in the form of Simon West, the maestro behind Jason Statham’s last film The Mechanic and the 90’s action classic Con Air. So he certainly knows his way around an action movie.

No definite plot details yet, but expect lots of shooting, explosions, blood etc with Stallone leading his team of action stars featuring Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Terry Crews and Randy Couture, to name a few. The movie hits cinemas August 17th 2012.