RZA and D.J. Cotrona May Be Recruited For ‘G.I. Joe’ Sequel

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:30 pm,

Director Jon Chu’s G.I. Joe sequel (which is reportedly titled G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes) is gearing up to begin production in just over a months’ time, with largely a new cast to boot.

The latest additions to the aforementioned acting team look to be none other than Wu-Tang Clan co-founder RZA as the Blind Master and actor D.J. Cotrona (Windfall, Detroit 1-8-7) as the academically-inclined warrant officer, code-named “Flint.”

Heat Vision says both actors are in negotiations to join Chu’s follow-up to the 2009 movie, which will also feature new additions like Elodie Yung (District 13: Ultimatum) as the martial artist Jinx and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the bulky soldier (and excellent chef) Roadblock.

Both Jinx and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) are students of the Blind Master, who was only referenced in the animated G.I. Joe universe; however, the literally blind sensei did make an appearance in issue #59 of the Joe comic book series, “Divergent Paths”. The character would be the third martial arts warrior portrayed by RZA onscreen, following his turn as the “Samurai in Camoflauge” in Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and the musician-turned-actor’s upcoming directorial debut, The Man With the Iron Fists – though he also previously lent his voice to the TV movie Afro Samurai: Resurrection. So, clearly, this is a role right up his alley.

Flint, by comparison, is easily recognized due to his trademark shotgun and beret. The tactical officer is a Rhode Scholar who made his way through Airborne School, Ranger School, Special Forces School, and Flight Warrant Officers School – graduating from each with top honors.

GI Joe 2 lands official release date RZA and D.J. Cotrona May Be Recruited For G.I. Joe Sequel

Chu says he’s planning a more down and dirty take on the Joe mythology than Stephen Sommers’ 2009 G.I. Joe movie – hence why the sequel will reportedly neither be shot in nor converted to 3D (to allow for a more unpolished visual aesthetic). The sequel is being scripted by Zombieland duo Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, which bodes well for the action-packed followup; by comparison, five different writers worked on the story and script for Rise of Cobra, which arguably suffered from having too many cooks working in the kitchen, so to speak.

Production on G.I. Joe 2 is slated to begin in New Orleans this August, with only Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), and Channing Tatum (Duke) reprising their roles from the previous film. So expect to hear a lot more casting news and updates for the sequel over the next four weeks, as (this still being a Hasbro movie) the sequel will undoubtedly try and feature as many well-known Joe characters as possible – partly for marketing tie-in purposes, that is.

G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is scheduled for theatrical release on August 10th, 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. The first one wasn’t that bad, a bit cliched but not Transformers 2 bad.

    • You are kidding, right?

      • Just cause you didn’t like it, doesn’t mean nobody else did. I myself enjoyed it

  2. Johnny Messner should play Flint

  3. “Chu says he’s planning a more down and dirty take on the Joe mythology than Stephen Sommers’ 2009 G.I. Joe movie”

    So far he is on the right track but the moment he mentions Marlon Wayans as coming into the project you can write it off as sell out.

  4. I hold RZA to about the same acting caliber as Marlon Wayons…in fact, I like Wayans better. I thought this movie was supposed to be an improvement on the first as they are getting rid of most of the cast of part 1. I am not seeing cast choices that are any better than the 1st. Just my humble opinion…..

  5. I like RZA and all but, that casting is a bit of a stretch. This movie sounds different, that’s for sure.

  6. hope the script and story are good. the only good news is snake eyes and storm shadow returning.

  7. Please tell me this is a joke. RZA? What a load of crap. Its bad enough The Rock is in it. The first one was waaaaay off on Zartan and Cobra Commander now this? Soo lame. I dont think their ever gonna get it right. Just pick some decent actors THAT LOOK THE PART.

  8. No Lady Jaye, Dusty, Shipwreck, Will Bill?

  9. Wow.. why even bother releasing it in theaters, with a cast like that to a sequel of a movie that was atrociously bad it should be a straight to video and into the bargain bin at your local Wal-mart store release.
    Why are they making this crap again I dont understand…it baffles me….I’m baffled.