Snake Eyes Takes Aim in a New 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Image

Thursday, 15 March 2012 10:00 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Snake Eyes Takes Aim in a New 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Image

Paramount Pictures has revealed a brand new official image from the upcoming sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation.  It doesn't feature Dwayne Johnson flexing, Bruce Willis smirking, or even Adrianne Palicki being amazing.  Instead, it has the perpetually masked Snake Eyes striking a pose.  Though the character never speaks, his body language has him channeling his inner Harry Callahan, and you can almost here him saying, "You've got to ask yourself one question, 'Do I feel lucky?'  Well, do you, punk?"

The still, which premiered at Total Film, highlights that the character who was one of the bright spots in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, will be returning for the sequel.  Though the franchise is moving in a different direction and very few members of Stephen Sommers's cast on that film are returning, the one and only Ray Park is still the under that black armor.

Park famously played Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.  He also appeared as the acrobatic Toad in the first X-Men and played the Headless Horseman when he was actually headless in Tim Burton's Sleepy Hollow.  The costume he's sporting here demonstrates a difference between the approach of new director Jon M. Chu and Sommers; whereas Snake Eyes in Sommers's film sported superhero-style molded rubber, Chu's wears stylized armor.  While G.I Joe: Retaliation will undoubtedly be over the top and ridiculous, it will be so in the style of an action movie, as opposed to The Rise of Cobra's campy cartoon feel.

Among the few other original actors coming back for more are Arnold Vosloo, Byung-hun Lee, and Channing Tatum, whose screentime as Duke is expected to be pretty brief.  The new ensemble includes Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Bruce Willis, Joseph Mazzello, D.J. Cotrona, The RZA, Elodie Yung, Walton Goggins, and Ray Stevenson.  They're all reciting lines from a screenplay by Zombieland writers Rhett Rheese and Paul Wernick.

The Hasbro property gets a second chance with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in theaters on June 29th.

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