Rising star Samara Weaving has joined the upcoming ‘G.I. Joe’ spin-off ‘Snake Eyes’ in the pivotal role of Scarlett, one of the most popular characters from the franchise. Both Scarlett and Snake Eyes were part of the original ‘G.I. Joe’ team introduced in the 1982 Hasbro toyline ‘G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero’ along with the accompanying cartoon and comic book series. Rachel Nichols portrayed Scarlett in 2009’s ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’.
Weaving appeared in the acclaimed film ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and the miniseries ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’. She starred in the Netflix original horror/comedy ‘The Babysitter’, directed by McG, this year’s theatrical horror flick ‘Ready or Not’, and co-starred on Showtime’s ‘SMILF’ as Nelson Rose. She will appear in ‘Bill & Tedd Face the Music’ as Thea Preston, the daughter of Alex Winters’ Bill S. Preston, Esq.
Henry Golding stars in ‘Snake Eyes’ as the title character. Andrew Koji will portray his ninja “brother” Storm Shadow, while Iko Uwais will play their mentor the Hard Master. Úrsula Corberó has been cast as top-ranking Cobra officer The Baroness. It has also just been announced that Takehiro Hira will be part of the cast, although his role is presently unknown. 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.
Scarlett (real name: Shana O’Hara) derives her name from Scarlett O’Hara, the lead character in the novel and film ‘Gone with the Wind’, as a nod to her Southern roots, having grown up in Atlanta, Georgia. She is typically depicted as having red hair. Her most famous weapon is the crossbow, and her military specialty is intelligence. On the Sunbow cartoon series, Scarlet was shown to be in a romantic relationship with Duke, the G.I. Joe team field commander. But in the comics, she was partnered with Snake Eyes, despite his having been disfigured early in his career as part of the Joe team.
‘Snake Eyes’ is set for theatrical release on October 16, 2020.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter