Snake Eyes Adds The Raid Star Iko Uwais
The Hollywood Reporter brings word that The Raid‘s Iko Uwais is in talks for a role in Paramount’s upcoming Snake Eyes movie, a spin-off/reboot of the GI Joe franchise.
Uwais will take on the role of Hard Master, teacher of the titular hero and previously played by Gerald Okamura in 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He joins a cast that includes Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) who will be playing the titular Snake Eyes.and Andrew Koji (Cinemax’s Warrior) who will play Storm Shadow.
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.