With Jon M. Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) recently signing on to direct G.I Joe 2 it was only a matter of time before the cast got the call regarding their involvement. Most, if not all, were under contract to appear in more films, but it looks like Paramount will only be needing a few of them.
(Hint – The two characters which sell the most toys, and the lead guy).
Rachel Nichols, who played Shana Scarlett’ O’Hara in the first film, sent out a tweet informing everyone which characters will be returning.
GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…
So that’s Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Captain Duke Hauser), and we say farewell to Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marlon Wayans, Dennis Quaid and Rachel Nichols. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said last year that while all the cast were great, “it’s hard to manage as many characters as we tried” and that “it would make life a little easier to have a few less”, so we were expecting a few casualties.
Zombieland writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick who wrote the script will have no doubt included new characters, so we should be hearing about new casting additions soon.