When I think of Starship Troopers, I think of Casper Van Dien. When I think of Starship Troopers 2, the only thing that comes to mind is silence, confusion and bewilderment. That’s probably because no one was really aware of the existence of a Starship Troopers 2 (which was actually directed by visual effects wizard Phil Tippett and went straight-to-DVD) until the recent announcement that there would be a third film, titled Starship Troopers: Marauder. But unlike the second film, which starred Billy Brown (whose most prolific role at that point was as the voice of Rhino in The Wild Thornberrys Movie), Marauder will bring back Johnny Rico, otherwise known as Casper Van-fuckin’ Dien.
We haven’t actually seen Van Dien in a movie since 1999 when he graced the screen in Sleepy Hollow. To be fair though, he did have a part in The Rules of Attraction, but his scenes were cut from the final film. Van Dien is joined by Star Trek Enterprise star Jolene Blaylock, who plays Lola Beck. We can only assume that she is Rico’s love interest, as the dude oozes charisma. And don’t worry, all this will make sense once you’ve watched the trailer below.
Starship Troopers: Marauder is being produced by Sony’s Stage 6 films and is directed by Edward Neumeier, who wrote and co-produced the previous two Starship Troopers films. Look for it on DVD sometime later this year.