By: John M Jerva

Update: To add more fandom to the new one minute teaser for Snake Eyes: GI JOE Origins that hit during the MTV Movie Awards, a new BTS featurette has also hit which teases the hopeful start of a new franchise. Check it out below along with the first look footage!

(Original Post) What could make me come out of my self imposed R&R exile? The official trailer for Snake-Eyes: GI Joe Origins can! Paramount Pictures and Hasbro have just unleashed the first look trailer today on Sunday of all days and fans of the iconic Joe character will get more than their fill as the footage features Henry Golding and company pouring on the martial arts infused heavy handed action! Check out the battle hardened first look teaser below featuring everyone’s favorite silent Ninja Commando and his badass looking Katana Morning Light!

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him. Based on the iconic G.I. Joe character, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.

The trailer launched tonight at the MTV Movie Awards and it is without a doubt, the best looking G.I. Joe film adaptation to date. Golding and Koji look phenomenal as Snake and Storm Shadow respectively and the fight sequences look insane and crowd pleasing. Iko Uwais as The Hard Master is another draw for martial arts action enthusiasts and here’s hoping Uwais is utilized to the best of his abilities.

I know that a lot of fans are already crying foul with this interpretation because Snake-Eyes is supposed to be unseen and mysterious but as a longtime fan speaking, I’m ok with changing things if it’s done well. I’m a fanboy, yes, but I’m a fanboy that can accept change if the material is handled with respect and the fan base that made this character isn’t ignored. My only argument in the past is that with Golding playing the lead, we might not get as much masked Snake as we would like. Only time will tell on that front but not having Golding in full Snake-Eyes garb for a majority of the film might be the deal breaker in my eyes.

This initial teaser is just that…a teaser. It’s only a minute in running length and we get some cool visuals of what the action set pieces will be. One impressive stunt infused sequence features a high speed chase with firepower, fisticuffs and one outrageous looking sword fight on top of fast moving vehicles that looks downright impressive. No shots of Golding donning the mask but you do see it at the end. I’m sure we will get a more extended trailer as the release date gets closer but I’m intrigued and excited but even though the action looks unreal, the jury is still out.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is helmed by Robert Schwentke (The Captain, RED) from a script penned by Evan Spiliotopoulos. The film also stars a sensational international cast that includes Iko Uwais (Headshot) as Hard Master, Andrew Koji (Warrior, Peaky Blinders) as Strom Shadow, Peter Mensah (Jason X, 300) as Blind Master, Takehiro Hira (Lost Girls and Love Hotels) as Kenta, Haruka Abe (Kiss Me First, Cruella) as Akiko, Steven Allerick (The Expanse, Extant) as Father, Samuel Finzi (The Captain) as Augustine, and Simon Chin (Killing Eve, Outcast) as Hama.

July 23rd is the date and only in theaters, so get ready for some Arashakage style blood letting as the swords are gonna fly in this one!

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