Úrsula Corberó has enlisted in Paramount’s ‘Snake Eyes’ as the villain The Baroness. She joins Henry Golding, who plays the title character, and Andrew Koji as villain Storm Shadow. Iko Uwais has been cast as the Hard Master. Robert Schwentke (‘Red’, ‘R.I.P.D.’) is set to direct, with a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos (‘Beauty and the Beast’). Lorenzo DiBonaventura is producing. ‘Snake Eyes’ is the latest film in the ‘G.I. Joe’ franchise based on the perennial Hasbro toy line. Sienna Miller portrayed The Baroness in the first ‘G.I. Joe’ movie in 2009.
Corberó is best known for playing Tokio in the Spanish-language Netflix series ‘Money Heist’ a.k.a. ‘La Casa de Papel’. Most of her appearances have been in Spanish productions, but she did portray Ines Santiago on the Crackle series ‘Snatch’.
‘Snake Eyes’ is a prequel, set before the two prior movies. Neither of them was particularly successful, so even if ‘Snake Eyes’ does well and leads to more, don’t expect ‘The Rise of Cobra’ or ‘Retaliation’ to be referenced, especially since so many parts are being recast.
The character of The Baroness doesn’t really have much to do with Snake Eyes traditionally, so it will be interesting to see what her role is in this movie. The Baroness is one of the highest-ranking Cobra officers and is typically depicted as being romantically involved with weaponeer Destro. She is usually listed as being from Austria.
The character, Anastasia Cisarovna a.k.a. Anastasia DeCobray a.k.a. Anna von Stromberg, debuted in the first issue of Marvel’s ‘G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’ comic book in 1982, and was also featured in the classic animated series. She was added to the toy line in 1984.
In 2000, due to Hasbro temporarily losing the rights to the name “Baroness,” a new toy was released, using the same Baroness toy mold, but painted red and black, under the name “Chameleon.” Chameleon was explained as being The Baroness’ illegitimate half-sister and was an undercover operative for G.I. Joe.
Expect production to begin soon, as ‘Snake Eyes’ is set for release on October 16, 2020.
Source: The Wrap