Friday, March 21, 2008

First Look: G.I. Joe's Snake Eyes Revealed!

First Look: G.I. Joe's Snake Eyes

We've been anxiously awaiting our first glimpse of anything from the upcoming G.I. Joe movie and it's finally here! The G.I. Joe fansite has got their hands on the first costumed photo of Snake Eyes, played by Ray Park. The photo below is not CGI, that is an actual photo of the costume that Ray wears in the movie. We confirmed directly with Paramount that this is 100% real. Check this out and let us know what you think. I've been excited for G.I. Joe from the start, but I want to know if this is finally getting everyone else excited, too!

Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes originalSnake Eyes is a mysterious character with little known about his background or identity, beyond that he holds the rank of U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (E-7). Hasbro has released over 30 different versions of the character since its original debut in 1982. The "ninja master" is known for his stealth like movements and extensive knowledge of multiple forms of martial arts, and is usually always masked and wearing complete black. You can see an example of Snake Eyes from the action figure line to the right for comparison.

Snake Eyes is being played by Ray Park, known for his performances as the acrobatic Darth Maul and Toad in the first X-Men. He is in a way like Andy Serkis (Gollum, King Kong) or Doug Jones (Abe Sapien, Silver Surfer), who best perform physically and beneath a costume. The reason why he's always cast for these kind of roles is because he holds a second degree black belt in Wushu and came in second place at the 1995 world championships.

G.I. Joe is directed by Stephen Sommers (Deep Rising, The Mummy, Van Helsing) and written by both Stuart Beattie and Skip Woods. The movie arrives in theaters on August 7th, 2009.


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