While G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra earned itself a sequel which already has an official release date, it won’t be bringing back Stephen Sommers to direct or most of its supporting cast. Even though the sequel is titled G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes, it won’t be bringing back Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the title character either.

Key characters Snake Eyes (Ray Park), Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) and Duke (Channing Tatum) will be back however, and according to the latest insider info, G.I. Joe 2 will begin shooting in August, but not in 3D.

With Paramount bringing in Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) to helm the seemingly smaller scale G.I. Joe sequel, it seems a no brainer for the studio to release the film in 3D, whether it be shot in the format or not. Collider’s inside sources however, claim that despite Chu’s talk about making the film in 3D, it will not be shot or post-converted into the higher-price format.

They’ve also discovered that the Cobra Strikes will begin principal photography in August, giving them exactly one year from start-to-finish for the movie. Unlike The Rise of Cobra which shot in L.A., the sequel will shoot in the more affordable New Orleans.

With the large G.I. Joe team out of the picture for the sequel there will undoubtedly be a need to load up on new supporting characters with fresh faces and that means we’ll be seeing an onslaught of casting news throughout the summer. This is a Hasbro movie after all and more characters/vehicles equals more toy lines and money.

We already knew The Baroness (Sienna Miller) wouldn’t return for G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes but fans of the first film may be disappointed that The Doctor (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Scarlett (Rachel Nichols), Breaker (Said Taghmaoui), General Hawk (Dennis Quaid), Destro (Christopher Eccleston) and Zartan (Arnold Vosloo) will not be back unless something changes.

G.I. Joe 2 hits theaters on August 10, 2012.

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Source: Collider