'G.I. Joe 3' Director Downplays Channing Tatum Rumors

Sorry, Duke fans. Reports of the G.I. Joe leader's resurrection may have been exaggerated.

Last week, director Jon M. Chu said that "you never know" if Duke might return from the dead for the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel, seemingly implying he had plans to bring Channing Tatum back into the fold. But Chu dialed back on those comments in a new interview with Coming Soon.

"It all gets carried away again. They asked me about Channing and I don't know. You never know in these movies, and that's all I said, and suddenly it became 'Channing Tatum might be back,'" he said. "To me, every possibility is open and we're writing the script right now and we're figuring everything out. It's an extremely low possibility when you kill somebody like that, it's pretty much it, but you never know with G.I. Joe. We did that with Storm Shadow, too."

For now, Chu is looking beyond Duke and other characters already introduced in the Joe movies: "I'm excited to bring in new characters and fun things beyond Bruce and Dwayne that we're working on and some great villains, but we're forming those ideas now. I'm really excited — it's going to be a whole 'nother level."

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