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.
All told, Chu has lined up Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, Ray Stevenson as Firefly, RZA as Blind Master, and Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, with Channing Tatum, Ray Park, and Byung Hun-lee returning from the first film. Oh, and there’s that little detail of Bruce Willis looking likely to play ‘original Joe’ General Joe Colton.
We don’t have a hard and fast plot description for the film, but looking at Wiki recaps of the old story background for Firefly — a man trained by the same ninja clan in which RZA’s character is an honorary master, hired to kill Snake Eyes and eventually part of a plot that led to the death of another master, blamed on Storm Shadow — suggests certain things that might be in the script by Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.
G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation will begin shooting soon in New Orleans. A June 29, 2012 release is planned.