UPDATE: Hot of the heels of headlining the martial arts series Warrior, Andrew Koji has been cast as Snake Eyes’ arch nemesis Storm Shadow.
Previously played by Korean superstar Byung-Hun Lee in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Storm Shadow is Snake Eyes’ old blood brother, in addition to the latest in a long family line of ninja assassins who eventually switches sides and became his greatest enemy.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter
UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter Crazy Rich Asian star Henry Golding is in final talks to take the lead in Snake Eyes.
UPDATE: Hot off the heels of the hit Netflix martial arts series Wu Assassins, stunt coordinator Kimani Ray Smith has signed on for Snake Eyes.
Also known for his stunt work on Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Smith will begin work on Snake Eyes this October in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
SOURCE: HN Entertainment
UPDATE: Plot details has leaked (via That Hashtag Show) revealing that the spin-off prequel will follow a younger ‘Snake Eye’ “as a street fighter in Peru. Driven by the desire to avenge the death of his father, Snake Eyes is apparently a man on the move until he ends up in Japan, where he and his best friend, Tommy, aka Storm Shadow, will begin their training with the Arashikage Clan. The film will see at least 3 of the clan’s legendary masters as they train Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow as Hard Master, Soft Master and Blind Master are all set to appear. Also present at the Arashikage compound is the film’s female lead, Akita. In comic continuity, Junko Akita was an apprentice and lover of Storm Shadow; here she is the head of security and will be a love interest for Snake Eyes.
Of course if it’s a GI Joe movie, Cobra must somehow be present and in this instance their presence is made manifest in what appears to be a character created for the film: Kenta. Kenta is revealed to Storm Shadow’s brother who has long since left his family, the Arashikage, and joined with a rival ninja clan, the Kurayami. It is Kenta who attempts to lure Snake Eyes away from the Arashikage and into a terrorist plot being devised by Cobra. We won’t delve too deeply into spoiler territory here, but we can see what side of things Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow will take and this film certainly seems to set the stage for one of the great comic book rivalries.”
UPDATE: Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura recently spoke to SLASH FILM and revealed that Ray Park (G.I. Joe, Accident Man) will not be returning as ‘Snake Eyes’ stating it is “because we are going to the origin story. As you know in the comic book, you saw his face. And it is, I’ll say, the formation of a hero. So you’ve got to see somebody and it can’t be Ray’s age, unfortunately.”
Park at 44 years old is still physically fit, but is unfortunately not ideal for a younger ‘Snake Eyes’ in an origin story.
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UPDATE: Paramount has their eyes on director Robert Schwentke (The Captain), who is in final talks to helm Snake Eyes. Schwentke is best known for launching the action franchise ‘Red’ starring ‘G.I. Joe’ alum Bruce Willis, the sci-fi actioner ‘R.I.P.D.’, and the second and third installment of the ‘Divergence’ series, ‘Insurgent’ and ‘Allegiant’.
With recent news that a third installment of Hasbros’ ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise is on the way, Paramount Pictures is looking to expand the universe with a spin-off film featuring the fan-favorite ninja commando Snake Eyes.
Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast, The Huntsman: Winter’s War) is set to pen the script with Brian Goldner producing.
For those unfamiliar with the character, ‘Snake Eyes’ is a silent ninja who is an original member of the G.I. Joe Team, and is most known for his relationships with ‘Scarlett’ and his arch-nemesis ‘Storm Shadow’ played by Korean superstar Byung Hun Lee in the first two films.
There is no annoucement yet on weather or not martial arts star Ray Park (Accident Man) will return as ‘Snake Eyes’.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter