If you were wondering what Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow And The Baroness were going to look like in their latest trip to the big screen, the wait is over. Entertainment Weekly has released some great new still shots from the film, which hopefully will lead us to a trailer being released soon. Check out what we know so far below and share your thoughts. G.I.Joe: Snake Eyes Origins will hit theaters July 23rd.
“I wanted to see something different, and I wanted it to look different, to feel different,” Golding says. “To be able to launch a franchise like that, it was just too good to be true — and especially with a character like Snake Eyes about whom a lot of people don’t know too much. They know him as this insane operator that completes missions and is an absolute weapon, but who’s the guy behind the mask and what’s his story?”
Bonaventura says Snake Eyes will “answer some questions” left lingering in the minds of G.I. Joe fans after all these years. Like, what is Snake’s real name? Such details were once considered “classified” in the canon of the series. “You’ll learn who he is, where he came from,” the producer promises.
“Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes, their brotherhood/relationship is one of the most famous in the G.I. Joe lore,” Golding says. “They have such an interesting, forever-wavering relationship of hate and love. They love each other as brothers because they’ve been through the same thing.” After saving the Arashikage’s heir apparent, Snake is taken to Japan “to train” and “really bring out the true essence of who he is,” the actor adds.
The producers and Paramount toyed with multiple directions to keep the Joes going on the big screen, including a potential Retaliation sequel. Bonaventura says that could still be a reality one day as “there have been some scripts that are in development currently.”
Another idea was to center a film around The Baroness, a popular villainess and the lieutenant of Cobra Commander, head of the international villainous organization. She is now played in Snake Eyes by actress Úrsula Corberó. “We never developed it, but we did debate,” Bonaventura says. “She’s such a deliciously evil character.” Evan Spiliotopoulos’ script for a Snake origins movie just came along at the right time. (Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel developed the screenplay with Spiliotopoulos.)
“Both Cobra and G.I. Joe take a back seat to the internal drama of the Arashikage and the character,” Bonaventura continues. “They are absolutely an element, but it’s looking at it this way: You meet somebody, watch their struggle, the struggle leads to the world of G.I. Joe and Cobra. It does not start as a G.I. Joe-Cobra movie. It starts as an Arashikage movie, a Snake Eyes character arc. You come to realize the Arashikage as they’ve traditionally been are affiliated with the Joes, therefore that brings in Cobra. There is a gradual reveal that there’s a larger world here.”
“Having this solo movie, we get to set the precedent for where [Snake’s] story leads,” Golding adds. “It’s phenomenal that Paramount and Hasbro chose to go right to the beginning and really start off with such a story. It gives so much more creative control over where this universe is going. I’m crazy excited to see what we do next.”