Sequel news! Jon M. Chu is assembling the cast for G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes like a kid lining up action figure purchases after Comic Con. (Too labored? Sorry. I’m trying to work out of that SDCC mentality.)

He’s got Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Lee Byun-hun returning from the first film, and Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson, Elodie Yung, Adrianne Palicki, Stephen Martines, D.J. Cotrona, and RZA set for new roles. And now he’s got Joe Mazzello (The Pacific, The Social Network) playing Mouse. He’s “18-year-old Southern charmer,” who is reportedly meant to act as a lure to bring young ladies into the G.I. Joe audience. Seriously. [WhatsPlaying.au, confirmed by Deadline]

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Jon M. Chu and the producers of G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes keep expanding the cast of the Joe sequel.  They’ve retained a few actors from the first film: Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung Hun-lee, and have roped in a couple of significant new cast members, notably Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock. RZA is on board, too, and now Adrianne Palicki from Friday Night Lights, who got some good notes for her work in the Wonder Woman pilot that NBC decided to can, will play the female lead: Lady Jaye. Read More »

UPDATE: Dwayne Johnson fully confirmed this casting today via Twitter, saying “It’s official: Call the Pentagon, get me my big ass gun – Rocks a JOE!.” The original article from June 6 follows (with edits removing the then rumored title of “Cobra Strikes.”)

Next summer’s sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra now has a major star. Variety is reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to play Roadblock in Jon Chu‘s film, once rumored to be called G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. Read more after the jump. Read More »

So there will be a sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, possibly subtitled Cobra Strikes. That naturally led to supposition that Joseph Gordon-Levitt might return as Cobra Commander. Given that most of the characters from the first film are said to be no-shows this time (Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes and Duke are the returnees) his presence would be welcome.

But now Joseph Gordon-Levitt has put an end to the conversation, saying that he won’t be back, either. So Jon M. Chu will have a pretty clean slate for the sequel — whether that is good or bad I’ll leave up to you, ardent fans of the first. The director has insisted that “we’re really trying to break it down and take the shine off and show that my Joes were the ones in the mud, the sand and the trees and in the epic worldwide adventures” so that could be a good thing. [Collider]

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