Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation is now shooting, and we know this because The Rock tells us it is so. He told us via Twitter, saying “1st day of shooting. 110 degrees. Bring It.” Along with that missive came an image of the actor in costume as Roadblock. And, while this barely counts as news, Dwayne Johnson earned a lot of good will with his constantly perspiring turn in Fast Five, so let’s give him another moment in (ahem) the sun. Read More »
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One of the actors to really start to break from TV into consistent film acting in the past couple years is Walton Goggins. His work on The Shield lead to a handful of notable film roles. (He was fun in Predators and had a good, if brief turn in the excellent and under-seen That Evening Sun.) His more recent gig on Justified and body of work in general has led to Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Being cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation may not seem like as big a deal as being in Lincoln, but it might ensure that Goggins is in front of a few people who won’t see Lincoln. Variety announces that he’ll play Warden Nigel James in Jon Chu‘s sequel to the 2007 screen outing for the Joes. Read More »
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, directed by Jon Chu, is seemingly getting bigger by the day, and I don’t just mean The Rock‘s muscles. New actors – such as Joseph Mazzello and Bruce Willis – have been joining the cast and the film got a shiny new summer release date. Now, the latest comes from io9 who found some casting calls from the film which reveal a bunch of characters names and specific details on what each is best at, known for and even a few scenes. If these things end up in the film, they would most definitely be considered spoilers. Proceed with caution. Read More »
UPDATE: The new title is official. Wording below corrected.
With less than a year to the long rumored Star Trek 2 release date, and no start date in sight, it’s no surprise the film has been pushed back. Paramount announced that date so early, though, it pretty much scared off all competition. So with Trek now gone, June 29, 2012 finds itself as a prime, open, summer weekend and Paramount is jumping on it with another action franchise sequel. Deadline says that the Jon Chu helmed G.I. Joe sequel, now officall called G.I. Joe: Retaliation instead of G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, will be released on June 29, 2012. It was originally scheduled to come out on August 10, 2012. Read More »
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 »
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Director Jon Chu is loading up the cast for next summer’s G.I. Joe 2. He’s bringing back Channing Tatum as Duke, we heard that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be playing Roadblock and now D.J. Cotrona is in negotiations to play Flint and The RZA will play the man who trained Snake Eyes, the Blind Master. Read more after the jump. 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 »
One sequel has a release date and a script, the other is still just conceptual, but both franchises are fan favorites. Jon Chu, the director of Step Up 3D and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never is set to direct G.I. Joe 2 and once again geeked out in the press about his love of the franchise, hopefully inspiring fans everywhere who might be scared that the guy who directed Step Up 2 The Streets is at the helm of their beloved franchise. He’s conducted multiple interviews dropping a ton of information about what’s he’s got up his sleeve.
Then there’s Justin Lin, whose Fast Five is mere weeks away. He’s been rumored to be interested in directing a new Terminator movie, referred to as Terminator 5 and, in a recent interview, confirmed this and said that he’s even talked to Arnold Schwarzenegger about it. Read quotes from both directors after the jump. Read More »
More late breaking news on a Friday night. Deadline is reporting that Jon Chu, whose director’s cut of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never just opened, has been chosen to direct G.I. Joe 2, the sequel to G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As previously reported, Chu was one of the finalists along with Gary Grey and Jaume Collet-Serra, but the fact that his concert documentary is currently raking in the dough for Paramount seems to have locked up the job for him. And while the deal isn’t totally finished, he’s their choice.
Yesterday, we ran some quotes that showed just how passionate Chu is about the film. Read those and more after the jump. Read More »