By: John M Jerva
More casting news arises for the anticipated GI: Joe: Snake Eyes spin-off which has already seen international action sensation Iko Uwais join Henry Golding as Snake-Eyes and Warrior’s Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow as The Hard Master.
According to The Wrap, Ready Or Not’s Samara Weaving has enlisted to play the coveted role of female Joe bad ass Scarlett who shares a close relationship with the silent Ninja Commando. Scarlett, whose real name is Shana M. O’Hara is the elite strike force’s counter intelligence expert who was first played by actress Rachel Nichols in 1999’s GI: Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.
The Wrap is also stating that Japanese actor Takehiro Hira who is best known for the film Love Girls And Love Hotels has signed on to play the film’s main antagonist although it’s not known who that is.
Weaving is an Australian actress who also will be seen in the very interesting looking Guns Akimbo which also stars Daniel Radcliffe of Harry Potter fame. She also joins Úrsula Corberó (Money Heist) who will play The Baroness and Haruka Abe who will play a secret role.
A synopsis was revealed by The Hashtag Show a while back which states: “The spin-off prequel will follow a younger ‘Snake Eyes’ “as a street fighter in Peru. Driven by the desire to avenge the death of his father, Snake Eyes is apparently a man on the move until he ends up in Japan, where he and his best friend, Tommy, aka Storm Shadow, will begin their training with the Arashikage Clan. The film will see at least 3 of the clan’s legendary masters as they train Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow as Hard Master, Soft Master and Blind Master are all set to appear. Also present at the Arashikage compound is the film’s female lead, Akita. In comic continuity, Junko Akita was an apprentice and lover of Storm Shadow; here she is the head of security and will be a love interest for Snake Eyes.
Of course if it’s a GI Joe movie, Cobra must somehow be present and in this instance their presence is made manifest in what appears to be a character created for the film: Kenta. Kenta is revealed to Storm Shadow’s brother who has long since left his family, the Arashikage, and joined with a rival ninja clan, the Kurayami. It is Kenta who attempts to lure Snake Eyes away from the Arashikage and into a terrorist plot being devised by Cobra. We won’t delve too deeply into spoiler territory here, but we can see what side of things Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow will take and this film certainly seems to set the stage for one of the great comic book rivalries.”
Stunt coordinator Kimani Ray Smith, who just recently choreographed the awesome action in Netflix’s WU ASSASSINS, will be handling the action set pieces in this one as well so expect some serious damage when it comes to the on screen fisticuffs!
From the looks of things, a lot of classic Joes are showing up for the film so here’s hoping they connect the spin-off to the GI Joe ensemble film tentatively titled Ever Vigilant. As a life long GI Joe fanatic, I’m extremely excited to see all the developments for this film as Snake and Storm Shadow are two of my favorite characters from the franchise. Yo Joe!
The spinoff will be helmed by Robert Schwentke (RED, R.I.P.D.) from a script written by Evan Spiliotopoulous (Bright 2, The Huntsman: Winter’s War). Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner will serve as producers on the film and Snake-Eyes already has a release date set for October 16th, 2020.
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