With the release of Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins fast approaching, Paramount Pictures has released a new series of motion posters featuring the heroes and villains of this G.I. Joe prequel.
IGN can exclusively debut all eight motion posters, which depict the main characters of the movie alongside symbols of the three key organizations that fuel the plot – the Joes, Cobra, and the Arashikage ninja clan.. Scroll down to get a closer look at this long-awaited origin story for the silent ninja hero.
Static versions of the motion posters can also be found in a gallery at the bottom of the article.
Henry Golding stars as Snake Eyes, a loner who is recruited into the secretive Clan Arashikage. The film will chronicle his rise and show how he becomes the elite but silent member of G.I. Joe. Though there’s no guarantee the movie will follow the usual path of past G.I. Joe stories, as we already know we’ll be seeing a lot of Snake Eyes’ face.
“Let’s just say he wasn’t born with a mask. There’s always a beginning,” Golding told IGN. “And the importance for giving complexity to such an iconic character, I think drove us to be able to allow him to express himself because I don’t think we were able to see that in the comic books. We weren’t able to understand the hardships that got him to be who he is, the decisions that were made, the hurdles that had to be overcome, the wrong, the right. And we see all of that within this, [film] because perhaps he isn’t the best of guys in the beginning, perhaps his motivations aren’t true. But what he goes through with the Arashikage [Clan] perhaps puts him back on the right track.”
Andrew Koji plays Thomas Arashikage/Storm Shadow. In the comics, Tommy is Snake Eyes’ friend and fellow trainee, though their friendship will become an outright rivalry as they grow older and find themselves on opposite sides of the G.I. Joe/Cobra war. Their relationship will be at the heart of the film, which shows Snake Eyes gradually allowing others into his solitary existence.
“The only relationship that Snake Eyes, when we pick up with him, is his own,” Golding said. “He is a complete loner. He’s been on his own for the majority of his life, up until the point where we pick them up in the movie. And so, his motivations, his goals are solely for himself.”
Samara Weaving plays Scarlett, one of the top-ranking members of G.I. Joe and sometimes portrayed as Snake Eyes’ lover. Presumably, we’ll see her team up with our hero and attempt to recruit him in this prequel.
“I can definitely say Scarlett acts as the agent between the Arashikage and the Joes, and there is a preexisting relationship between the two. Cobra plays a fairly large part in the bigger picture of this, of this movie, especially,“ Golding said.
Úrsula Corberó plays The Baroness, an elite Cobra operative second only to Cobra Commander himself.
Iko Uwais plays Hard Master, the leader of Clan Arashikage. He’s one of the most formidable fighters on the planet and the uncle of Storm Shadow. Traditionally, Hard Master’s murder is the catalyst that drives Storm Shadow to Cobra and Snake Eyes to G.I. Joe, though it remains to be seen how closely the movie follows that path.
Peter Mensah plays Blind Master, another leader in the Arashikage family. As his title suggests, he’s blind, but that hardly diminishes his martial arts ability. In the G.I. Joe comics, Blind Master is also the mentor of Jinx, another key ninja character.
Haruka Abe plays Akiko, a character who has been created for the movie. Akiko is another Arashikage trainee, one with deep ties to both Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.
Takehiro Hira plays Kenta, another character who is unique to Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins opens in theaters on July 23, and it’s one of the big new movies of summer 2021.