The Wrap | “Ready or Not” actress Samara Weaving has closed a deal to play Scarlett in Paramount’s “G.I. Joe” spinoff “Snake Eyes,” Paramount announced on Monday. Japanese actor Takehiro Hira has also closed a deal to star as the main villain in the film as well.
“Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Henry Golding is set to play Snake Eyes, “Warrior” headliner Andrew Koji is playing Storm Shadow, and “Money Heist” breakout star Úrsula Corberó has closed a deal to play the Baroness.
“Snake Eyes,” the third live-action film based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line, will focus on the origins of the fan-favorite character known for his masked face, black commando uniform and ninja training. Robert Schwentke, the director of “Red” and “R.I.P.D.,” is set to direct “Snake Eyes” for Paramount and Skydance. The film will be released on Oct. 16, 2020.
“Beauty and The Beast” screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner are producing. Jeff Waxman is executive producing. Hasbro and Skydance are co-producing, while MGM is co-financing.
The story centers on Snake Eyes’ origins where he tries to become a member of the Arashikage Clan, a ninja clan based in Japan. According to “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide,” the Arashikage worked as shadowy assassins for generations, using deception to earn their keep as ninjas, as well as developing a reputation for being able to perform impossible tasks.
Weaving will next star in Ryan Murphy’s “Hollywood,” and her recent credits include “Ready or Not,” “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” and “Guns Akimbo.”