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Could Channing Tatum Return For ‘G.I. Joe 3’?

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Spoiler warning for those who haven’t seen G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but … Channing Tatum’s Duke was seemingly killed off early in that film.

Those of us who followed the sequel’s long road to the box office will recall rumors that Paramount Pictures abruptly moved its opening June 2012 to March 2013 so it could figure out a way to somehow expand the role of the actor, whose profile had risen significantly since 2009’s Rise of Cobra. (For the record: The studio’s official explanation of the move was to allow time for 3D conversion.)

So now that Tatum is an even bigger star, what are the odds of seeing Duke in the third film?

“You never know,” director Jon Chu admitted to MTV. “Storm Shadow died in the first one and came back in the second one, and then other characters have died and never come back. The G.I. Joe world, the best thing about it is you never know who’s coming back and who’s not.”

Chu signed on over the summer to helm the third film, based on a script by Snow White and the Huntsman writer Evan Daugherty. Although the project is in the early stages, the director is clearly excited by the possibilities.

“It’s gonna be a really fun movie,” he teased. “We’re taking it in a whole new direction.”


  • Richard Casey

    I liked the first flick, and the second one was fun until Tatum’s character died. his chemistry with the rock was great, the rest of the flick felt flat, kinda dull. if they brought Tatum back, i’d definitley be more inclined to check out a third outing.

  • Jasper

    Didn’t he die in the first film then they brought him back in the second film, only to kill him off again? Am I missing something here? Is he the freaking Terminator? Maybe, he should use the catch phrase “I’ll be back.”

  • AirDave

    Channing Tatum was the one link from the first film in the sequel. None of the other Joes returned. I was kinda disappointed that his character was killed off and only one a couple of the other actors returned. A number of the characters were back, but it was an all-new crew of Joes. I liked Bruce Willis as “The original G. I. Joe” – a nice nod – but he’s in so many films already…

    if this is going to become a franchise; maybe there should be a core of Joes that are there in each film.

  • Tophman

    Cobra unleashes “Serpentor”, a megalomaniac super soldier using the DNA of the deceased original Joes. After an attack on a secret Cobra research base by Roadblock and the new Joes, a lone prototype survives the destruction: the clone of Duke, who rejoins his progenitor’ team to take down Serpentor and Cobra. ;)

    Personally, I like the idea of starting from scratch. They can use the formula used in the fantastic animated series “G.I. Joe: Renegades” where the Joes end up recruiting regular people from all walks of life to create a rag-tag band of specialists and rebuild the G.I. Joe unit (in the vein of the 80s G.I. Joe series & toy line -to explain why they are not wearing standard military uniforms).

  • anonymous

    This is the way I look at it Tatum played Duke and Duke is the second in command in the 1980’s cartoons and he never that i remember died in them so they have to bring him back or they just might as well say fuck this and create a whole new G.I. Joe TV series.


    they need to bring duke back for Gi Joe 3… he was never killed in the comics…

  • Coldshatter

    I’m glad they killed off the guy…was tired of him trying to sound all bad and ghetto. Save it for the stupid dance movies.

  • jbomb

    That’s how the writers make him sound….