We recently learned that Paramount and Hasbro are moving forward with their G.I. Joe spin-off movie focusing on fan-favorite Snake Eyes. They have a script from screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos and German director Robert Schwentke (The Captain, RED) is reportedly now in talks to helm it.
SlashFilm was able to speak with Bumblebee producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura, who has revealed that we’re unlikely going to see the return of Snake Eyes actor Ray Park to the role in the solo film due to his age and due to being an origin story.
“Probably not, because we are going to the origin story,” Di Bonaventura said. “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 has previously played the role in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and might still be able to reprise Snake Eyes for the still-gestating G.I. Joe 3. That’s unless Snake Eyes is going to be a complete reboot of the franchise. His age is certainly a factor if this will be an origin film.
There is a good chance that Paramount could end up casting multiple actors here, one to play a young version to the adult version of Snake Eyes. He’s best known as the silent ninja commando and never shows his face. This character trait allows the studio to hire yet another talented stuntman to be under the mask, but it sounds like he’ll be showing it in this movie.
Paramount has yet to give Snake Eyes an official release date.
SOURCE: SLASH FILM