With a new director (Patrick Hughes) and a slew of fresh cast members (Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Antonio Banderas), The Expendables 3 may turn out to be the action-thriller to beat next summer. Lionsgate has just released the first trailer earlier today, which features this group of mercenaries lead by Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone). Mel Gibson stars as Conrad Stonebanks, the co-founder of The Expendables who Barney thought he killed many years ago. With a new group of young, tech-savvy soldiers, along with the original Expendables, Barney takes on his most personal mission yet. Take a look at the first footage from this action-packed sequel, in theaters August 15.

In The Expendables 3, Barney (Sylvester Stallone), Christmas (Jason Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill... or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables' most personal battle yet.