Just How Many Characters Will Be Returning in the 'G.I. Joe' Sequel?
After hearing that director Stephen Sommers wouldn't return for a sequel to 2009's blockbuster G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, we heard that director Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) was the choice to replace him. In addition, we've also heard that Byung-hun Lee would reprise his role as Storm Shadow, but he may be one of the few from the original to return. Actress Rachel Nichols, who played Shana Scarlett O'Hara in the first film, recently updated her Twitter (via SlashFilm) saying, "G.I Joe News Flash: The only characters to return in the Jon Chu directed sequel will be Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, and Duke." That's no good!
So apparently Channing Tatum, Ray Park and Byung-hun Lee are the only actors, at least on the G.I. Joe team, returning for the sequel. Considering how the first film ended, I'm willing to bet other characters are returning (hopefully Joseph Gordon-Levitt will be among them so I don't feel dirty about watching it) on the villainous side of things. Honestly though, it's kind of surprising considering how integral the ensemble cast was to the first film, and how expansive the set of characters from the G.I. Joe universe actually is. Perhaps they'll just be introducing a whole slew of new characters so Paramount and Hasbro can rake in the big bucks from all the new action figures they'll be throwing on shelves. What do you think?