More updates on the upcoming Jon Chu‘s G.I. Joe 2, only this time we’re here for casting update! And once again, thank God for Twitter, because now we know what characters of the original film’s cast will return for the sequel.
That’s exactly what Rachel Nichols, who portrayed Scarlett in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, shared with all of us, so check out the rest of the report to find more on that.
So, the only main cast to return are: Byung-Hun Lee (The Good, the Bad, the Weird, I Saw the Devil) will return as Storm Shadow, Ray Park (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) who played Snake Eyes and Channing Tatum who played Captain Duke Hauser. Nichols also added: “Thank you. After the GI JOE news I had Heavy Boots, but I’m smiling now!”
As you see, it looks like her character would not be in the sequel story, although we all had a chance to hear saying: “I would love to (reprise role). They’ve been very tight-lipped about it – I haven’t even seen a script, but I would jump to do it in a second. Making the first one was a blast.”
But wait, that’s not all. We have something official to share with you as well! Paramount has settled on a release date for their sequel to 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra – it comes on August 10th, 2012. Let me remind you that Chu will direct the sequel from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland).
Still no details about the plot, but as we previously reported, it looks that Chu wants to bring both the heart and the punch back to this franchise since he revealed:
“Joe, to me, is iconic. It is as American as Coke and the Boy Scouts. To have that kind of history in a brand is so rare these days. And that is so powerful. So you can’t treat Joe like its just another action movie. You can’t treat Joe as just another petty commercial movie. Joe has history. Joe has always been a part of what America is, and now the world. What it means to be a leader and a hero.
For me, it is about the fun stuff like Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, and all the gadgets. All of that stuff. But it has heart. Its heart is what America, and what heroes and leaders around the world, strive to be. I think that is what the brand needs. It needs the respect to be treated in that way.”
Sounds promising, so make sure you stay tuned!