Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2011 by Russ Fischer
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.
Also in the cast are D.J. Cotrona as Flint and Elodie Yung as Jinx. We don’t know a lot about the story, and there isn’t even too much to extrapolate based on the character set that we have so far. Here’s the rundown on Adrianne Palicki’s character, however:
Lady Jaye is the G.I. Joe Team’s covert operations specialist. Her real name is Alison R. Hart-Burnett, and her rank is that of Staff Sergeant E-6. Lady Jaye was born on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. She is a Bryn Mawr graduate, and also did graduate work in Trinity College in Dublin, before graduating from intelligence school at Fort Holabird. She is Airborne and Ranger qualified, and an expert with the M-16, M-1911A1 auto pistol, and reflex crossbow. She is also an accomplished actress and fluent in several languages. She has a knack for impersonation, right down to the subject’s voice and mannerisms.
She probably won’t have that romance with Flint, though he might be looking for it to happen. More likely she’ll be angling for Channing Tatum’s Duke or Roadblock. Dammit, I can’t believe I”m actually speculating about the romantic entanglements in the G.I. Joe sequel.
I should exit with that, but there is also a report that Bruce Willis is at the top of the wishlist for another character in the film, Joe Colton. But that sounds like pure wishlist stuff for now, so don’t get too set on seeing Bruce as the original Joe just yet. [Deadline]