It's a wonder if perhaps Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins will be any kind of improvement over the previous two blockbuster attempts at the popular 1980's franchise. But, at least there is a effort in the action department with the titular character being played by Henry Golding while martial artist Andrew Koji (HBO Max's Warrior) will play Snake Eyes' archnemesis Storm Shadow. In addition, Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) is playing G.I. Joe character Scarlett to help with the connection to the larger universe of the franchise. Though it's been stressed by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura that, despite this connection, the story is focused solely on Snake's origins:
“Both Cobra and G.I. Joe take a back seat to the internal drama of the Arashikage and the character. They are absolutely an element, but it’s looking at it this way: You meet somebody, watch their struggle, the struggle leads to the world of G.I. Joe and Cobra. It does not start as a G.I. Joe-Cobra movie. It starts as an Arashikage movie, a Snake Eyes character arc. You come to realize the Arashikage as they’ve traditionally been are affiliated with the Joes, therefore that brings in Cobra. There is a gradual reveal that there’s a larger world here.”
Today, Entertainment Weekly has released a series of first look images, giving a view of Golding, Koji, and Weaving in character. Check them out below:
In speaking with EW, Golding discusses how he worked with the decision to have Snake without his mask and giving dialogue despite the character usually being portrayed as a mute, faceless ninja assassion:
“I wanted to see something different, and I wanted it to look different, to feel different. To be able to launch a franchise like that, it was just too good to be true — and especially with a character like Snake Eyes about whom a lot of people don’t know too much. They know him as this insane operator that completes missions and is an absolute weapon, but who’s the guy behind the mask and what’s his story?”
Koji added some info for the dynamic between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow:
“Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, their brotherhood/relationship is one of the most famous in the G.I. Joe lore. They have such an interesting, forever-wavering relationship of hate and love. They love each other as brothers because they’ve been through the same thing.”
Hopefully, this film serves as a stronger lead-in for a better series of films. One can only hope.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins co-stars Iko Uwais, Úrsula Corberó, and Peter Mensah. it is directed by Robert Schwentke and is set to hit theaters July 23rd.