Let’s kick off another sequel news roundup with some info on a film that will be out soon. Jon M. Chu directed G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and the trailers released so far have generated a good level of interest in the film.
In an interview with Moviefone, Chu talks about enthusiasm for various Joe characters and the difficulty his team had with creating a linear follow-up to the first Joe film, The Rise of Cobra. One question many of our readers has asked regards Cobra Commander, and how this film’s character connects to the Joseph Gordon-Levitt version in the previous movie. Chu says, “Cobra Commander was an issue. But I know we couldn’t lose Cobra Commander.”
Asked if this is the same character under the mask, the director says,
No. [Smiling] But we figured out a way that’s pretty nice. And you get the Cobra Commander that you’ve always wanted. Or, to me, what I always wanted: a bad-ass villain. He’s one of the most iconic villains ever. I’m even following him on Twitter — he’s so funny.
After the break, a brief update on the chance of a Rambo 5, Michael Keaton is reportedly excited about a Beetlejuice sequel, and we’ve got some info on Judd Apatow’s sorta-sequel to Knocked Up, This Is 40. Read More »
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If nothing else, Paramount is doing a great job selling G.I. Joe: Retaliation, which sees the return of Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Lee Byung-hun, Arnold Vosloo and Jonathan Pryce to the fold, and adds Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, RZA, D.J. Cotrona and small-timers The Rock and Bruce Willis.
The spots we’ve seen so far look great, and now here’s a new international trailer, which adds a few new Cobra-related shots and quick looks at Zartan in disguise and Ray Stevenson as Firefly. For those who’ve wondered just how this sequel will tie into the story of the first movie, this trailer might clear a few things up. (Or at least give some clues.) Check it out below. Read More »
Paramount is trying again with G.I. Joe this summer. Though the original film wasn’t all that well received, footage from the sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation has been turning heads beginning with the teaser trailer premiere in Austin late last year.
A new ad for Jon M. Chu‘s film will run during the Superbowl, and the spot is already online. You can check it out below, and in doing so get a first look at the film’s pretty classic-looking take on Cobra Commander. Read More »
It’s everyone’s favorite thing: a first look at footage from a new movie thanks to the talking heads at Entertainment Tonight. This is a preview of a trailer, but for those who want to know what Step Up 3D director Jon M. Chu has done with his sequel to Paramount and Hasbro’s action figure action movie, it’ll have to do for now.
The full trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation will be available tomorrow, and we’ve got some early reactions thanks to the audience at Harry Knowles’ Butt-numb-a-thon, the thirteenth instance of which ran this weekend. The trailer was previewed to that audience, and the reactions I saw on Twitter were uniformly positive. Our own Peter Sciretta said “Just saw the trailer for @jonmchu’s GI Joe 2 — this movie looks like everything I could ever hope it to be… Seriously!”
We’ll give you the full trailer as soon as possible, but for now enjoy this brief glimpse of some action, a sword, The Rock and Bruce Willis. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 by Angie Han
Update: GI Joe 2 star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has tweeted a confirmation that Bruce Willis has officially signed on to the cast in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Original story follows.
Earlier this summer, we briefly mentioned a report that Bruce Willis was at the top of the wishlist for a certain role in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. Now it seems someone’s wishes are one step closer to coming true. Willis has entered talks to board G.I. Joe 2 in the part of General Joe Colton, the original G.I. Joe. In the ’80s comic book series, the character is the one who forms the G.I. Joe strike team.
Directed by Jon M. Chu and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura, G.I. Joe 2 will be the second installment in the film franchise based on the iconic line of toys. Read more after the jump.
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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 »
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 »
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The latest on Jon M. Chu‘s G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is that the picture has a villain: Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, Rome, Thor) will play Cobra contract killer and saboteur Firefly in the movie, which begins shooting in Louisiana a few weeks from now.
He joins Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Elodie Yung, RZA and D.J. Cotrona. A few details about the character Firefly are after the break. Read More »