G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, the sequel to the 2009 box-office smash G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, is coming our way next year, most likely in place of Paramount's summer-slotted Star Trek sequel. We know the array of characters will be changing for the follow-up, but there's little to talk about right now in the way of hard details. One promising development comes to us today from Deadline, which reveals that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is considering a role in the sequel.
Johnson is said to be "in discussions" to join the cast as Roadblock, the .50-caliber Browning machine gun-toting ass-kicker and Joe chef. It's a good fit of character to actor, as Roadblock is one of the more lighthearted members of the crack team of U.S. soldiers.
Deadline is also reporting that Channing Tatum is keen on reprising his role as Duke. Great to see this movie coming together. Stephen Sommers did fine work on The Rise of Cobra, but the new director, Justin Chu, is closer to the right age for someone who would have been a fan of the series growing up. Blockbuster filmmaking is all about letting big kids play with big toys, and that is quite literally what's going on here with Chu and Cobra Strikes.