LatinoReview is reporting that Brendan Fraser has filmed a cameo appearance for G.I. Joe. Fraser plays Gung Ho, a Village People-looking soldier from the toyline, during a training sequence in The Pit. If it was anything more than a cameo, I’d seriously question the logic behind this decision, as the actor hardly looks anything like the actor.
Also, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has apparently been offered the role of the Latino Navy SEAL named Shipwreck. And yes, The Rock is Samoan, so this makes perfect sense. But I’ve learned to stop questioning the logic behind this movie long ago…
Both actors have previous ties to filmmaker Stephen Sommers, who directed Frazer in The Mummy and The Rock in The Mummy Returns. So politically it makes sense, even though it doesn’t make sense for the characters or source material. I mean, who cares about the characters or source material anyway?
GI Joe will hit theaters on August 7th 2009.
The first poster for this summer’s Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D is now online, and yes, it’s a poster for a movie, not some theme park extravaganza. Those stalactites almost look like the teeth of a giant monster. Weird. And is that Nessie in the background playing the old “I’m crushing your head” game with School Ties star Brendan Fraser? Ooh la la. And watch out for that exotic blue humming bird at the bottom; it’s coming right at you! Mikey likes it.
The debut directorial feature of visual effects maestro Eric Brevig (Men in Black, House II, Signs), Journey 3D is based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name (sans the technological spiffiness). IMDB reports that original director Paul Chart journeyed far far away from the project after New Line insisted the film require kooky glasses. The words “theme park” were apparently muttered as well. It was Chart’s favorite book ever.
Beowulf (3D IMAX, natch) made for one of my favorite theatrical experiences in recent memory, and I’m all for 3D films in the marketplace; but the fingers of 3D detractors are already pointing at Journey 3D as an example of how Hollywood plans to put the technology first and leave the plot hanging upside down for two hours. It’s a pretty wild conspiracy theory, and pretty funny too.
It was reported last week that Jet Li had been cast in The Mummy 3. Many people wondered how that could be. Well, now we know (or at least think we know).
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