Fans of the silent, cool-clad-in-black Snake Eyes character from "G.I. Joe" get their wish this weekend. The latest outing in the franchise is all about their favorite. Before you head out to the cineplex, here are 9 things to know about "Snake Eyes."
The Origin Story
As the title indicates, here's where Snake Eyes begins. The movie literally starts with Snake Eyes as a young boy. Eventually, he'll grow into a capable fighter who's recruited into a Japanese ninja family known as the Arashikage. The film primarily concerns his development there, and the secrets, betrayals and action that will lead him to becoming part of G.I. Joe.
Which Joes Are in It
While most of the story involves Snake Eye's transformation in Clan Arashikage, some familiar characters do make an appearance. Beyond Tommy Arashikage, also known as Storm Shadow, the movie does feature both cobra femme fatale Baroness and heroine Scarlett. The rest of the Joe team…well, there's always the sequels.
Snake Eyes Speaks
Everyone knows and loves the silent, always shrouded Snake Eyes. He looks cool in the outfit, he's loyal to a fault, and everything about him is a mystery. So, this is a much different version. Audiences will mostly see him without the mask. And lo and behold, he has an actual voice in this film, and uses it to his advantage.
Same Characters, Different Movie Stars
Not only a prequel, this one's also a bit of a reboot. Henry Golding of "Crazy Rich Asians" fame takes over the title role from previous Snake Eyes star Ray Park. Samara Weaving from "Bill & Ted Face the Music" replaces Rachel Nichols as Scarlett. Andrew Koji succeeds Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow. And Ursula Corbero is handed the baton from Sienna Miller as Baroness.
Director: Schwentke. Robert Schwentke.
Robert Schwentke helms the "Snake Eyes" ship as the film's director. Never heard of him? Chances are you've seen one of his movies. They include "Flightplan," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "Red" and not one, but two "Divergent" movies ("Insurgent" and "Allegiant").
Development: Release Dates (!)…Opening…and Paramount+
The adventure's been a long time in the making. "Snake Eyes" was set to open on March 27, 2020, but due to the pandemic, it's been moved no less than 5 times before finally coming out to this weekend. With the new shortened window for Paramount releases, it will also be available on Paramount+ in 45 days.
A New Kind of Snake Eyes
In a departure from the comics, animated show, and the films so far, Snake Eyes moves from being a Caucasian character to mixed-race. Actor Henry Golding is both English and Malaysian.
The Next Return of Snake Eyes
This won't be the last time we see the beloved action hero. In May 2020, plans were announced for the sequel to this prequel. Henry Golding will of course return to the role.
Other Great Movies from the Snake Eyes Stars
The last of our 9 things to know about "Snake Eyes" is actually more just some other great movie recommendations to check out next. While audiences await the return of the cast in the "Snake Eyes" sequel, be sure to watch the following from the cast's stars. If thrillers are your thing, Henry Golding made a gem called "A Simple Favor" a few years back alongside Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively. As well, Samara Weaving put up an amazing fight in the horror-thriller "Ready or Not." Or if more action is where you're at, Iko Uwais, who plays Hard Master here, is the star of the classic series "The Raid." All good film fodder from the "Snake Eyes" family.
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