Most of the toy-to-film talk that goes on this week will probably be about the new Transformers movie tearing things up at the box office, but the guys over at that other 80s franchise G.I. Joe aren’t taking the matter lying down. In the midst of Bay-mania they have done a whole host of casting for their second film, and the guys they’ve got to join their elite team include a grappler, a rapper, and… some white dude.
Star of the recent Fast Five, Dwayne Johnson, or The Rock if you will, has become quite the source of news over the past few months. First he knew about the death of Osama bin Laden before everyone else, and now he managed to scoop the world with the announcement of his own casting in G.I. Joe. On his website Johnson posted a mockup picture of himself beside the Joe Logo and added the caption, “It’s official: Call the Pentagon, get me my big ass gun – Rocks a JOE!” Johnson had been previously rumored as playing the character of Roadblock, the rhyme talking, gourmet cooking, Joe who carries around a gigantic gun, so these comments seem to help confirm that suspicion.
Word has also leaked, this time from The Hollywood Reporter and not Dwayne Johnson, that famed rapper the RZA will also be joining the cast. RZA may be best known for his position in the legendary rap troupe The Wu-Tang Clan, but he’s also dipped his toe into acting by appearing in films like American Gangster and The Next Three Days. He will reportedly be taking on the role of the Blind Master, who is a martial arts master that had a hand in training the coolest G.I. Joe ever, Snake Eyes.
Finally, Variety has gotten into the G.I. Joe casting game as well, by breaking word that actor D.J. Cotrona has signed on to the film to play Flint. According to the Variety article, Flint is the Joe’s version of a warrant officer, which may very well be the case, but what I remember about Flint is that I always liked his action figure better than Duke’s, so whenever I was playing G.I. Joes I always made him the leader. Also, I’m pretty sure he was boning Lady Jaye. I only know this D.J. Cotrona kid from the abysmal Dear John, so hopefully he’s got some better acting chops than he was able to display in that sappy romance. For our sakes as well as Lady Jaye’s.
So there you have it, a bundle of Joe casting. What do you think? Do new names like RZA and The Rock give you hopes that this sequel might be better than the first G.I. Joe movie? I mean; it at least has to be better than the first one, right?