Two new soldiers have enlisted for Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe sequel – rumored to be titled G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes – and at least one of the names might surprise you.
THR’s Heat Vision says that D.J. Cotrona and The RZA are negotiating to appear in the sequel to the poorly reviewed 2009 film. Should the deals go through, they’ll join returning star Channing Tatum and a bevy of new performers (including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) for another battle with the evil forces of Cobra. Go Joe!
Cotrona, most well known for his work on Detroit 1-8-7, will play Flint – who is recognizable to cartoon and comic fans for his beret and shotgun combo. According to the mythology, Flint is a Warrant Officer and Rhodes Scholar who holds a degree in English Lit. Apparently, the life of an English professor didn’t appeal to him, so he grabbed his shotgun and got down to business.
The RZA, meanwhile, is a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan who’s since branched out into acting. In what appears to be perfect casting, given his well-documented love of Asian cinema and martial arts films, The RZA will play Blind Master -- a martial arts expert who trained Snake Eyes and Jinx.
The new G.I. Joe is set to begin filming in New Orleans this August. Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are handling the screenplay, which gives us a glimmer of hope that this new Joe flick might improve upon the original. Expect more casting details in the near future as G.I. Joe 2 inches closer to its start date.