Andrew Koji to play Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes
TheWrap brings word that Andrew Koji (Cinemax’s Warrior) has been tapped to play Storm Shadow in the upcoming G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes. Kojo joins Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) in the movie, who will be playing the lead character of Snake Eyes.
Storm Shadow is a Japanese-American special forces soldier and member of the fictional Arashikage ninja clan, who was once friends with Snake Eyes before becoming his bitter enemy. The two eventually end up on opposite sides of the conflict between G.I. Joe and the terrorist organization COBRA. Storm Shadow was created by Marvel Comics writer-editor Larry Hama. He debuted in 1984 in Marvel’s G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic series, before appearing that same year in the second G.I. Joe animated miniseries produced by Sunbow Entertainment.
Snake Eyes is the ninja commando known for his deadly ability with a sword and trench knives. However, he is also a highly skilled martial artist who can be just as dangerous unarmed. Snake-Eyes was living in solitude in the High Sierras when he was recruited to join G.I. Joe. His real name and backstory have long been sources of mystery. As a result of being caught in a helicopter explosion, he is heavily scarred and mute. To hide his face, he usually appears in a black balaclava and matching bodysuit.
The spinoff will be directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, R.I.P.D.) from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulous (Bright 2, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), who is currently working on the script. Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner will produce.
Snake Eyes is scheduled to debut in theaters on October 16, 2020.