Paramount’s ‘G.I. Joe – Snake Eyes’: Iko Uwais in Talks to Play Hard Master

Sep 6, 2019

Paramount’s origin story/reboot/spin-off film ‘G.I. Joe – Snake Eyes’ now has Iko Uwais in talks to play Hard Master, the tough as nails teacher of Snake Eyes, who is also a skilled sword master. The studio is pivoting to ‘Snake Eyes’ before moving forward (again) with a third mainline ‘G.I. Joe’ film.

Uwais is popular for leading both of the Gareth Evans films ‘The Raid: Redemption’ and ‘The Raid 2: Berandal.’ He is currently starring in the Netflix series ‘Wu Assassins.’ Other credits include JJ Abrams’ ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens,’ Peter Berg’s ‘Mile 22,’ and Michael Dowse’s ‘Stuber.’

Henry Golding (‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ ‘A Simple Favor’) will play the titular character. Andrew Koji (‘American Gods,’ ‘Warrior’) will portray Storm Shadow. The characters Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow are best friends who eventually become enemies.

Moreover, some plot details for the film are below:

“When we meet this new, younger Snake Eyes (Golding), it’ll be as a street fighter in Peru. Driven by the desire to avenge the death of his father, Snake Eyes is a man on the move until he ends up in Japan, where he and his best friend, Tommy, aka Storm Shadow (Koji), will begin their training with the Arashikage Clan. The film will see at least three 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.”

The role of Snake Eyes needed to be recast, due to the fact that the original actor, Ray Park, is too old to be playing a younger version of the character. Thus, Byung-Hun Lee, who played Storm Shadow in the installments ‘The Rise of Cobra’ and ‘Retaliation,’ also had to be recast.

Meanwhile, Robert Schwentke (‘RED,’ ‘Insurgent’) serves as director. The screenplay is from Evan Spiliotopoulos (‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Death Note 2’).

Spiliotopoulos previously gave a comment regarding the classic action-martial arts tone of the film:

“Our vision is if it was a Hong Kong movie of the ’70s directed by Akira Kurosawa. I wish I could get into story but that’s the idea of going back to a rough-and-tumble, you know, Bruce Lee movie but directed by one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers of all-time.”

Additionally, the crew members, so far, comprise of cinematographer Bojan Bazelli (‘Pete’s Dragon,’ ‘A Cure for Wellness’), special effects supervisor Joel Whist (‘War for the Planet of the Apes,’ ‘Altered Carbon’), and supervising art director Michael Diner (‘The Revenant,’ ‘Bad Times at the El Royale’).

Further, filming will begin October 15th and wrap December 9th. Filming locations include Tokyo, Japan, the major setting of the film, and Vancouver, Canada.

Paramount will release the film on October 16, 2020.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter