Rachel Nichols Reveals Small Cast Of Returning G.I. Joe Characters

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra got harsh treatment from some members of the press, but it was really a fun blockbuster movie, one that honored its source in most ways while telling an enjoyable, explosion-filled story. Plus, people actually got killed. For G.I. Joe, that’s real progress.

A sequel is now in development with Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon Chu at the helm. Nothing has been publicly revealed about the story just yet, but Rise of Cobra star Rachel Nichols had a news flash to share with everyone on her Twitter account yesterday.

“GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…,” she wrote. In the first movie, Ray Park played Snake Eyes, Byung-hun Lee was Storm Shadow and Channing Tatum starred as Duke. The fact that Nichols sent the tweet probably also means that Scarlett is back as well.

Which is … strange, to say the least. Where is Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Cobra Commander — or hell, just Cobra freaking Commander? Or Destro? Or Zartan??!?! He’s (spoiler alert) replaced the president for crying out loud! And if Nichols’ tweet only referred to the good guys, the Joes — which isn’t the case, since she mentions Storm Shadow — we still have to wonder what happened to Hawk (Dennis Quaid) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayans).

Maybe Nichols has incomplete information? I hope so. The first movie had plenty of promise on its own and it nodded pretty strongly toward where a sequel might go. If some of these core characters really are not returning, where else could the movie go? Will we see Serpentor and Cobra-La instead?

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  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    It’s really weird that sometimes I can’t post here using my laptop.

    Anyway…. Serpentor and Cobra-La in the movie would be awesome, but the lore already skewed from the cartoon, in which Cobra Commander was an inhabitant of Cobra-La. whereas in the movie he is very much human.

  • Anonymous

    The closer we get to full reboot for me, the better. I thought the first one was pretty shallow and borderline intelligence insulting.

  • Robin

    The first film honored it’s source material… How exactly? The characters themselves were altered considerably from all previous interpretations, the origins were completely different, the relationships were completely different and they even failed to explain that snake-eyes was invaluable of talking due to an injury and instead claimed it was a choice. The Baroness and commander were completely mutilated. Aside from names and vague premise aspects nothing in the film honored the original source material…

    Just reboot. It’ll save a lot of face and effort and maybe they can do it right this time

  • demoncat_4

    think he ment so far the characters returning are duke, snake, eyes. and storm shadow maybe as the first cobra character. for it would be dumb to have gijoe back and not have cobra to fight. for cobra commander they can always recast. as for serpentor it would be in interesting challenge for the film makers to pull him off with out him looking lame or stupid.

  • Bumbles

    Well in the comic Cobra Commander was pure human (in fact, he used to be a used car salesman).

  • http://twitter.com/Dawnell_do Dawnell_do

    They should just reboot the film and get the guys from G.I.Joe Renegades to write the script and let Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and Green Zone) direct it.

    Now that would be a enjoyable movie!

  • Scud

    I hope they include Fumbles a.k.a. Trouser Snake in this one.

  • http://twitter.com/HeroicTStudios Michael Sacal

    A car salesman, seriously? Now I don’t think that his origin from the animated movie is that dumb anymore.

  • robinofearth2

    I completely agree with Robin. It did NOT honor it’s source material. How on earth can you think that? You can think it was a good movie (although you’re one of maybe three people I’ve ever heard of who liked it) all you want, because that’s a matter of opinion – but it is a fact that it did not honor the source material.

  • rasx

    Just please include Roadblock in this new movie!

  • KnightErrantJR

    “Plus, people actually got killed. For G.I. Joe, that’s real progress.”

    Except that lots of people shuffled off their mortal coil in the Marvel comic, which was, at one time, Marvel’s top selling comic. And also where a lot of G.I. Joe fans come to the franchise from.

  • http://www.therawness.com T. AKA Ricky Raw

    G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra got harsh treatment from some members of the press, but it was really a fun blockbuster movie, one that honored its source in most ways while telling an enjoyable, explosion-filled story. Plus, people actually got killed. For G.I. Joe, that’s real progress.

    Thanks for that first paragraph. Now I know to never trust a review with the name Adam Rosenberg attached.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.schmitt#!/ David R. Schmitt

    Well, Zartan can still be in it, just that he’ll have POTUS’s face. Joeseph doesn’t have to play CC if he has the full helm or hood on, and his voice was already changed wasn’t it? No Ripcord? Thank goodness, I don’t like Wayans and to be honest I wasn’t that thrilled with Destro. Bring in Bludd! Going to miss Quaid as Hawk though.

    Joes I want to see. Flint, Lady Jaye, Clutch (from the Marvel comics run, he was great)and Stalker.

    Cobra. Major Bludd, Tomax, Xamot