G.I. Joe: Retaliation is currently shooting in and around New Orleans, and tidbits of info are beginning to leak from the set. If you haven’t already seen the photo of our own Ben Kendrick on set looking (semi-)tough standing next to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, you need to go ahead and click HERE. Today we have a set video to share, which features some of the new G.I. Joe 2 cast members discussing their characters.
The Rise of Cobra sequel is being directed by Jon Chu (Step Up 2&3) and will take a different approach to G.I. Joe than the over-the-top, cheesy, popcorn action flick that director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) made of the first film. This includes dumping the original cast, with the smart exceptions of Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow), and (largely because they are necessary for the continuing story) Channing Tatum (Duke) and Arnold Vosloo (Zartan). The new additions to the cast include Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung, RZA, DJ Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, and Walton Goggins.
In the set video below (courtesy of ET) you’ll hear Johnson talking about his character, Roadblock, as well Adrianne Palicki discussing her character Lady Jaye, and D.J. Cotrona (Flint) discussing how great it is to be back in military fatigues alongside his Dear John co-star Channing Tatum.
Inside word is that Chu and Co. are truly re-envisioning this franchise as a more gritty military action flick, which should bode well for anyone and everyone who thought the first film was a stinking hunk of cheese. They’ve certainly improved the cast by leaps and bounds, with bonafide “BAMFs” like Johnson, Willis, Goggins and Stevenson positioned on both sides of the Joe/Cobra divide. Fingers crossed that we will never again have to bear witness to another “accelerator suit” sequence (or Marlon Wayans one-liner, for that matter).
Well know more, I’m sure, once an official trailer for the film hits.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be in theaters on June 29, 2012. Stay tuned for our behind-the-scenes coverage of the film, which should be posted in the coming months.