Extraction 3: Everything we know so far

Cameron Frew
A close up of Chris Hemsworth in Extraction

Extraction 3, the third mission for Chris Hemsworth’s Tyler Rake, is coming soon, so here’s everything we know about it from its release date updates to cast, plot, and more.

Hemsworth is, undoubtedly, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, a year after starring in the biggest superhero event of all time with Avengers: Endgame, he helped launch one of Netflix’s most exciting, brutal action movies: Extraction.

Directed by Sam Hargrave, it marked the actor’s debut as Tyler Rake, a mercenary who’s tasked with rescuing a drug lord’s son from Bangladesh. He broke a goon’s neck with another man’s legs and impaled someone else’s head on an actual rake – naturally, it became the streaming platform’s most-watched original movie in its history.

The sequel is off to an incredible start since dropping on Netflix, and it’s even better than the first – read our review here. Hemsworth has already been talking up Extraction 3, so here’s everything we know so far, from any release date updates to cast, plot, and more. Spoilers to follow…

Will there be an Extraction 3?

Yes, Extraction 3 is officially happening.

Both Hemsworth and Hargrave are returning for the third entry, as confirmed at Tudum.

After barely surviving the events of the first film, the sequel sees Tyler Rake dodge retirement for another death-defying mission. The ending – read our breakdown here – sets him up for another mission, and Hemsworth is definitely keen. 

In an interview with Total Film (via GamesRadar), he said: “I love it. I love playing the character. I love this world. I love having something else outside of Marvel that’s amassed a bit of a following,
something more in the real world.

“I honestly feel like we made a better film than the first one. That’s rare in the franchise world. We’d be remiss not to have a crack at another one.”

The Russo Brothers are also hopeful they’ll return for a third chapter. “I mean, you never want to anticipate the audience’s response, but there’s certainly room for an Extraction 3,” they told Collider.

“There are some surprises in Extraction 2 that could open up the world of Extraction, on top of which, I think Sam Hargrave did an incredible job with this film, and I think that he has topped the first one.”

During a recent appearance on BroBible’s Post-Credit Podcast, Hargrave said they’re waiting to see “how the second movie is received.”

“Fingers crossed, if people enjoy the second one, there already is — and this is without spoiling anything — but there is a story in development for a third movie in the works. What it is exactly, I can’t say right now, but I believe there is another adventure in the wind for Tyler Rake,” he added.

While Hemsworth is “taking a step back to spend more time with family”, he has a “desire to take this character as far as it can go, and the fact that he has a franchise outside of the Marvel universe I think are two things that are very enticing to Chris.

“To be heading a franchise that has the emotional core and depth that Tyler Rake does, and still have this globe-trotting, action grittiness to it – I think those are two pretty cool characteristics and I think he recognizes that. So when we spoke, yes, he said he would be interested in perhaps reprising the role.”

Is there an Extraction 3 release date?

As of July 2023, Extraction 3 doesn’t have an official release date.

The first sequel was announced in May 2020, mere weeks after the original movie’s chart-topping success on Netflix. Given the hype around the second entry, and the cast and crew’s excitement to push ahead with a possible cinematic universe, we’d expect an announcement about the next installment later this year.

Hargrave teased: “There is so much room for this franchise to expand and places where it can go.

“I’m excited about what that next adventure for Tyler Rake could be. We’ll see how this one does. We’ll see how people feel and respond. And if the world is craving another Tyler Rake adventure, I think it’d be something I’d be interested in seeing put up on screen… I have an idea, but I won’t give it away here.”

We’ll update this space upon any announcement regarding an Extraction 3 release date.

Extraction 3 cast: Who’d be in it?

We’d expect the Extraction 3 cast to include:

  • Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake 
  • Golshifeh Farahani as Nik Khan
  • Idris Elba as Alcott
  • Olga Kurylenko as Mia

Sadly, Adam Bessa is unlikely to return as Yaz after his death in the sequel, nor do we expect to see Tinatin Dalakishvili as Ketevan alongside her children. It’s more probable that we’ll see Tyler on a whole other mission, but familiar faces may pop up, and Nik is almost certainly joining him. 

Hargrave and co. knew people would wonder if Tyler and Nik should be together. “Who knows? Maybe that could be explored in a different movie. But I think that the mystery is part of what makes that relationship so interesting,” he told Dexerto.

“We loved keeping the mystery because… we wanted that relationship to be something different than a romantic relationship,” he explained. 

Golshifteh Farahani as Nik Khan and Chris Hemsworth as Tyler Rake in Extraction 2

“There’s definitely a strong kind of cosmic bond between the two; the loyalty, commitment, and connection that goes kind of beyond even romantic love. Each one would die for the other, and I think that’s a beautiful thing, that connection between humans.”

What about Ovi (Rudhraksh Jaiswal), the kid Tyler rescued in the first film? Don’t expect to see him again, but he’s alive and well. “What we tried to do with the end of the first movie is say that he was in a place of safety and he’d gotten out of the clutches of both his father, who wasn’t the best, and the drug lord who had kidnapped him,” Hargrave said.

“Who knows, maybe that character could be interesting to revisit as well. But when we left him, we wanted to leave him in a place where if we didn’t get to revisit him, it was at least a satisfying ending for that character. So where he is now is anybody’s guess.”

Elba was a new addition to the cast of Extraction 2, playing Alcott, a mysterious operator working for a “gnarly motherf*cker.” You can read a bit more about him here, but we’re hoping to see his boss in person next time. “There are so many great actors that you could put in that part that could fit that description. It left it nice and wide open and hopefully, we’ll see who that is,” Hargrave teased. 

Extraction 3 plot: What would it be about?

As of June 2023, there aren’t any official plot details for Extraction 3 – but we’d probably see Tyler Rake on another mission somewhere else in the world.

In an interview with Dexerto, Hargrave spoke about his hopes of taking the franchise to different locations for the third entry. “There’s a lot of places on this beautiful, wonderful, exciting earth that I would love to go and shoot,” he said. 

“I think we’d have to sit down and make sure we’re very careful to craft a story around somewhere that is very different visually from the first two movies… each film has a distinct look and a distinct feel, and the locations are like characters in the film. So, it’s very important where it takes place. 

“But I think what’s more important than that is the story that we’re trying to tell through that space. So, if there is a green light for a third movie, it’ll be in stages… but like, what’s the story? What are we trying to say? And then let’s find the most exciting place that’s different visually from the first two where we can tell that story.”

Hargrave is also keen to dive deeper into the world of Extraction with spinoffs; more specifically, movies exploring the backstories of Nik and Saju (Randeep Hooda) from the first film. 

“Nik getting her own story… I’d be very fascinated to explore and be a part of – but at least as a fan, I would love to see more of her and what she has to offer. 

“And then going back to the first movie, and it’d have to be a prequel because he didn’t make it out of the first movie, but the character of Saju. He was one of my favourites from the first film, he just had such an interesting ethos and I think itt would be super exciting to explore where he came from and what was his life like before Extraction.”

The director also spoke about fleshing out the dynamic between Tyler and Nik; is it platonic, or is there a romantic connection there?

Hargrave and co. knew people would wonder if they should be together. “Who knows? Maybe that could be explored in a different movie. But I think that the mystery is part of what makes that relationship so interesting,” he said.

Speaking to Collider, executive producer Joe Russo said: “There’s critical aspects of [Extraction] that you would want to carry over as part of the main tenets of a franchise. And location is a big part of that.”

He also teased the possibility of an ECU (Extraction Cinematic Universe). “I will say this: we are working at building out a universe of films that could potentially explore some of the other characters from the first movie and some new characters, and see more historical interaction between the characters,” he said.

Is there an Extraction 3 trailer?

As of June 2023, there’s no trailer for Extraction 3. You can check out the trailer for Extraction 2 below:

How to watch the Extraction movies

Both Extraction and Extraction 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.

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