Marlon Wayans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Cast in G.I. Joe
Stephen Sommers's G.I. Joe movie continues to move forward with casting. Marlon Wayans has been cast as Ripcord, the leader of the military unit. And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in negotiations to play Duke Hauser's best friend, the science officer that is assigned to the Special Forces unit. This project continues to be shaping up more and more like a major blockbuster event. The cast already includes A-list talent like Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols. Personally, I'm a bit surprised that Josph Gordon-Levitt has signed on to such a project. Until now he's chosen to do heavy character work in indie films like Brick and Mysterious Skin, this is a sharp contrast for him, but I have no doubt he can pull it off.
As for Marlon Wayans, this is somewhat of a departure for him as well, he typically works mostly on comedy projects with the lone exception of Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream where he turned in a shockingly strong performance. I have a feeling he might just add the much-needed comic relief that makes these types of summer blockbusters such entertaining fare. I think he's a great addition to an already great cast.
I can't wait to see who they cast as Duke - he is the field commander and second in command of the G.I. Joe team after Hawk. To many people he is the face of G.I. Joe, and is definitely a fan favorite. Sam Worthington (he's playing one of the leads in James Cameron's Avatar) is in talks to be in the movie as well, but it's known for which character. I feel like Duke, if he's in the script, could surely be a big name as well. I'm sure we'll be hearing more about this project soon as its slated to begin shooting in February.