First Look: Rachel Nichols as Scarlett in GI Joe

Rachel Nichols as Scarlett in GI Joe

Old School ScarlettParamount released the first photo on JoBlo of Rachel Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War, Alias) in costume as Scarlett O’Hara in Stephen Sommers‘ live-action adaptation of GI Joe. Ranked Master Sergeant, red-headed Scarlett is the first female character in the GI Joe action figure line. Her weapon of choice is the crossbow (pictured in the promo photo), and her specialty is counter intelligence.

I really love the idea of a GI Joe live action movie because it could really be something way above and beyond any army or war-type film we’ve ever seen before. I’ve heard that the script is kind of a stinker, and having the guy who directed Van Hellsing direct also doesn’t inspire confidence. That said, both of the photos released so far from the studio, Snake Eyes, and now Scarlet are more bad ass than I could have ever imagined. They could have gone real corny with colored outfits trying to replicate the look of the original characters from the GI Joe universe. So far I’m really digging the far more realistic black combat gear.

You can see a higher resolution version of the new photo over on JoBlo.

G.I. Joe is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7th 2009.

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GI Joe: Storm Shadow and Scarlett Cast

Two new bits of GI Joe Casting have just hit the interwebs before the upcoming Holiday week.

IESB is reporting that Korean star Byung-hun Lee has been cast as Storm Shadow (aka Tommy S. Arashikage), Snake-Eye’s (Ray Park) brother and rival. He is the only member of the GI Joe team to switch sides several times.

LatinoReview is reporting that Rachel Nichols (Charlie Wilson’s War, Alias) has been cast as Scarlett O’Hara. Ranked Master Sergeant, red-headed Scarlett is the first female character in the GI Joe action figure line. Her weapon of choice is the crossbow, and her specialty is counter intelligence.

G.I. Joe is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7th 2009.

Rachel NicholsToday has been a hot day for Star Trek news with the casting of Captain Christopher Pike, Janice Rand, Spock’s Mother, and some behind the scenes photos which have sparked even more rumors.

Earlier today we reported that 51 year-old Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood had been cast as Captain Christopher Pike in the JJ Abrams prequel/reboot. Devin at CHUD nailed it with the headline “Star Trek XI Miscasting Just About Complete”. But let’s get to the other new bits of information.

First up let’s start with a report that came from Wednesday’s Toronto Sun confirmed that Rachel Nichols has been cast.

“I’m very restricted on what I’m allowed to say,” Nichols told the Sun. “But yes, there’s a good chance you’ll see my shining face in the new Star Trek … My mom even e-mailed me about it because she saw it (online) and I hadn’t told her yet. There’s a lot of buzz about it, but honestly, I don’t even know the name of my character.”

But will the former Alias star be playing USS Enterprise yeoman Janice Rand (AICN thinks so) or someone else entirely? See the photo to the right for a comparison.

Jennifer Morrison

IESB received photos from the set (mostly extras outside of a warehouse studio covered up in parkas, nothing all too interesting), and one of the photos shows an actress who looks a lot like House star Jennifer Morrison. Is this Morrison (see IESB’s photo above), and if so, is she the new Janice Rand? We’re waiting on a confirmation.

Winona Ryder

Variety is now reporting that Winona Ryder has been cast as Amanda Grayson, the Vulcan mother of a young Spock (played by Zachary Quinto in the new film). Spock’s mother was played by Jane Wyatt in episode 44 of the original series (titled Journey to Babel). According to Star Trek.com, “Grayson was a schoolteacher from Earth who married the Vulcan diplomat Sarek and gave birth to Spock in 2230. She reunited with her son when she accompanied her husband aboard the Enterprise during the Babel Conference in 2267, and was instrumental in helping Sarek and Spock reconcile some of their differences.”

Take a look at the previously announced cast of Chris Pine as James T Kirk, Simon Pegg as Scotty, John Cho as Sulu, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, Karl Urban as Dr. McCoy, Nichelle Nichols as Uhura and Eric Bana as the villainous Nero in our First Look: The Cast of Star Trek feature.