Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins - Everything You Need to Know
In an action movie, energy and fight scenes matter as much as dialogue, so it makes perfect sense that the new G.I. Joe movie is centered around a character who never speaks. SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS tells the story of the black-clad ninja Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park in the first two toy-inspired movies. But this new movie will vastly expand the big-screen vision of the character.
Now Henry Golding (CRAZY RICH ASIANS, THE GENTLEMEN) steps into the ninja's all-black garb. While much of the detail about SNAKE EYES is as unknown as the truth about a cult of assassins, we can reliably expect that, with Golding in the role, we'll see a lot of the lead character's face during some point in the movie. As for the rest — well, here's everything we know about SNAKE EYES.
The Snake Eyes Movie Release Date
SNAKE EYES: G.I. JOE ORIGINS is set to open on October 22, 2021. That puts it in theatres just over eight years after the release of the last movie in the series, G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, in which Ray Park played Snake Eyes for the second time.
When Does the Snake Eyes Trailer Arrive?
Despite a number of fan-made SKAKE EYES trailers appearing on YouTube, the official SNAKE-EYES trailer has not yet been revealed to the public. Back in April, Henry Golding revealed on Instagram that the trailer premiere had been slated for CinemaCon. Since the April convention was canceled that debut was postponed, and we're still waiting to see the first footage.
We know — also via Golding's Instagram, which has been the best source of news about this movie all year — that SNAKE-EYES wrapped production in Tokyo at the end of February, so despite the many delays in the movie industry in 2020, this one is in the can.
The Story of Snake Eyes
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Ever since Hasbro launched a revamped line of G.I. Joe action figures back in the early '80s — accompanied by a Marvel Comics series and soon an animated TV show — Snake Eyes has been one of the driving characters. He's powerful and mysterious, and that combo has driven a serious fandom for the character.
It was the Marvel comic book series, and in particular writer Lara Hama, which gave Snake Eyes a backstory. In that series, which canonized many details about the character, Snake Eyes was a recon specialist in the war in Vietnam, where he served alongside multiple future Joes. A helicopter crash disfigured the soldier and destroyed his vocal cords. After recuperating from his injuries, Snake Eyes trained as a ninja with the family of a teammate, Storm Shadow, whose allegiances ended up being somewhat different from those of Snake Eyes.
There's a lot more detail, but all this backstory is likely to be the underpinning for the story in SNAKE EYES as well.
The Snake Eyes Cast
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Henry Golding stars as the man — real name unknown — behind the mask. Andrew Koji plays the ninja Storm Shadow, while Indonesian action master Iko Uwais appears as their shared sensei, Hard Master. Having Uwais in the movie is reason enough to be excited for SNAKE EYES. (Uwais also starred in THE RAID and its sequel, and appeared in MILE 22 and — all too briefly — STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.)
Meanwhile, Úrsula Corberó (seen above in "Money Heist") plays the Cobra officer Baroness, and Samara Weaving (READY OR NOT) appears as the G.I. Joe character Scarlett.
Who Is Directing Snake Eyes?
Robert Schwentke, who made the Bruce Willis action/comedy RED in addition to the second and third movies in the DIVERGENT series, directed SNAKE EYES. The script is by Evan Spiliotopoulos, who wrote the live-action BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and the recent CHARLIE'S ANGELS. They're working with cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, who created absolutely amazing images for movies like THE RING, A CURE FOR WELLNESS, and PETE'S DRAGON.
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