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Snake Eyes Casts GI Joe Rival, Storm Shadow

Paramount’s upcoming G.I. Joe spinoff movie Snake Eyes has found its Storm Shadow in Warrior star Andrew Koji. Koji joins Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, who will play the titular Snake Eyes in the upcoming film.

First introduced in 1984, Storm Shadow is best known as Cobra Commander’s bodyguard, though he has switched allegiances multiple times throughout the years, at times pledging his loyalty to G.I. Joe or his blood brother, Snake Eyes. Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes have a long history together that complicates their relationship.

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Storm Shadow is driven by revenge. The ninja, who comes from a long line of master assassins, first joins Cobra’s cause because the villain promises to reveal the identity of his uncle’s killer. Eventually, Snake Eyes convinces Storm Shadow to forego revenge and join a noble cause. Storm Shadow’s turn to the light is short-lived, though, as he is soon captured by Cobra and brainwashed back into service.

Koji takes over for Byung-Hun Lee, who played Storm Shadow in Paramount’s prior two Joe films -- 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I Joe: Retaliation. Koji plays the lead in Cinemax’s martial arts Western series Warrior, which wrapped up its first season at the beginning of June.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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