G.I JOE update
Paramount Pictures has provided the first look of Ray Park as Snake Eyes
March 21, 2008
Best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace, and also Toad in the original X-Men film, Ray Park will play Snake Eyes in the upcoming G.I Joe film.
The movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The premise of this fantasy is the story of the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke, and their "fight for freedom wherever there is trouble" against the evil Cobra Commander and his Cobra force. This storyline was an instant hit with kids in the early 1980s, spawning a highly popular 3-3/4-inch action figure line, comic book collection and animated series. The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.
Snake Eyes is one of the original members of the GI Joe team, and has proven to be one of the most popular characters from the line. Little is known about his real identity, as it has remained classified throughout the series (and re-interpreted with each new cartoon or comic series.) What has remained constant has been that he trained under two ninja masters - the Soft Master and the Hard Master, and that his history is linked to that of Cobra's ninja assassin - Storm Shadow. Snake Eyes has also had an ongoing romantic relationship with fellow G.I. Joe member Scarlett.
Hasbro has confirmed that the film will feature the rivalry between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
The action-adventure also stars Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Said Taghmaoui, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Arnold Vosloo and Christopher Eccleston.
G.I. Joe Opens August 2009.