Veteran tough guy Sylvester Stallone wants to recruit women for a spin-off movie from his ageing action heroes franchise The Expendables. He's calling it The Expendabelles and Sigourney Weaver is top of his wish-list.

Weaver, who played Ripley in the Aliens movies, is often named as one of the first real action movie heroines.

"Are the Expendabelles really part of a divorce?" Stallone asked at the press launch of the latest Expendables film in London yesterday. "Say Sigourney Weaver was my wife and she inherited half the Expendables? I lost the house and my mercenaries.” 

“With the Expendabelles, we’ve got a situation where we’re in unchartered waters. Do we put all women actresses together, would that really work? Or do we have some women who are actually really known to be tough fighters?”  

Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich has also been mentioned in connection with a possible Exependabelles movie.