It’s been a while since the G.I. Joe franchise had some time to shine in a cinematic setting, but that will change soon. Nearly a decade after the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the G.I. Joe film series is being rebooted with Snake Eyes, which stars Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding in the eponymous role. As a result of the current health crisis, we’re still a ways off from Snake Eyes’ arrival, but Golding has provided some cool teases about what’s to come.
Henry Golding appeared in a CCXP panel with writer Larry Hama, who’s quite familiar with Snake Eyes from his time penning numerous G.I. Joe comic book series over the years, including Marvel’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero from 1982 to 1994. During the Q&A portion of the panel, Iwo Uwais, who stars as Hard Master in Snake Eyes, asked Golding what fans can expect from the movie. The actor responded thusly:
Although Ray Park’s version of Snake Eyes was certainly an important character in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s Retaliation, he wasn’t the star of either of those shows, so there wasn’t a whole lot of time to delve into his backstory and motivations. Needless to say that won’t be a problem in the Snake Eyes movie, with Henry Golding explaining how this reboot won’t stray from highlighting both the title character’s strengths and flaws in the midst of all the action. And as one familiar with the G.I. Joe mythology would expect, it’ll also delve deeply into Snake Eyes’ connection to Storm Shadow, who’s being played by Warrior’s Andrew Koji.
Following Henry Golding’s explanation, Larry Hama wanted fans listening to the panel to understand that the martial arts action in Snake Eyes is what makes it stand out from the prior G.I. Joe movies. As he put it:
Outside of Snake Eyes serving as an origin story, no specific plot details have been revealed yet. That said, along with the aforementioned individuals, the movie also stars Peter Mensah as Blind Master, Úrsula Corberó as Baroness and Samara Weaving as Scarlett, and Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira and Steven Allerick have been cast in undisclosed roles. Red’s Robert Schwentke directed the feature, and Beauty and the Beast’s Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay. A follow-up movie to Snake Eyes has reportedly been in the works since last May that will not be a direct sequel, but will build upon the events that unfold in Snake Eyes.
Snake Eyes is currently slated for October 22, 2021, but should that change, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, scan through our 2021 release schedule to learn what other movies are coming out next year.
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