It has just been confirmed that Star Wars star Ray Park has been cast as Snake Eyes in Stephen Sommer’s big screen live-action adaptation of G.I. Joe.
Snake Eyes is one of the original and coolest members of the G.I. Joe series. Hasbro has released over 30 figures of the character since his debut in 1982, however, not much is known about the ninja master’s real identity, as it has remained classified throughout the series. The U.S. Army Sergeant First Class (E-7) is known for his stealth like movements and extensive knowledge of multiple forms of martial arts. Snake-Eyes is romantically involved with fellow G.I. Joe member Master Sergeant Shana M. O’Hara, a.k.a. Scarlett.
Fans of the toyline, animated series and comic books have been worried about this live-action adaptation since the story information began to leak out - this applies even to me. The first casting announcement revealed Sienna Miller (which you can check out on a previous post) as (possibly) the Baroness, the exotic and evil sidekick of Destro.
Park is best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars Episode I The Phantom Menace. Park also played Toad in the original X-Men film. This bit of casting as a little bit of an assurance that the movie might actually turn out fine.