Steven Allerick has joined the cast of Paramount and Hasbro’s ‘G.I. Joe’ spinoff movie ‘Snake Eyes’, about the paramilitary team’s commando/ninja member. The film, directed by Robert Schwentke, follows the young warrior who travels to Japan in search of his father’s killer. While there, he trains in the ways of the Arashikage ninja clan. Allerick plays said father.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Brian Goldner, Greg Mooradian are producing. The film is currently filming in Vancouver and Japan. It is actually expected to wrap on the 9th, which is next Monday, so clearly Allerick’s role is not very big.
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‘Snake Eyes’ stars Henry Golding in the title role, with Andrew Koji as his ninja “brother” Storm Shadow. Iko Uwais will play their mentor the Hard Master. Úrsula Corberó has been cast as top-ranking Cobra officer The Baroness, while Samara Weaving will portray Snake Eyes’ G.I. Joe teammate and possible love interest, Scarlett. Takehiro Hira is also part of the cast, but his role is unknown.
Allerick had the recurring role of Benji Draper on ‘The Expanse’, and recently made appearances on The CW’s ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Nancy Drew’. He has also acted on ‘S.W.A.T.’, ‘The Fix’, ‘The Rookie’, ‘9-1-1’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘Speechless’, ‘Colony’, ‘Rosewood’, ‘Jane the Virgin’, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’, and ‘Extant’ among others.
Paramount previously released two ‘G.I. Joe’ live-action movies. 2009’s ‘The Rise of Cobra’, directed by Stephen Sommers, starred Channing Tatum, Dennis Quaid, Marlon Wayans, and Sienna Miller. Jon M. Chu directed 2013’s ‘Retaliation’, which starred Dwayne Johnson, Elodie Yung, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, and Bruce Willis. Ray Park portrayed Snake Eyes in both pictures while Byung-Hun Lee played Storm Shadow. Neither picture did particularly well.
There is hope that this will energize this brand at the box office and lead to additional pictures.
‘Snake Eyes’ is set for theatrical release on October 16, 2020.