In the mythology of GI Joe, the link between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow is dense and complex. The two fought together, trained together and became as close as brothers, eventually becoming bitter rivals. This relationship continues not only in the new movie, Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins, but its actors. Although their past has decidedly less samurai swords and murders.
Henri Golding (Rich and crazy Asians, Last christmas), who plays Snake Eyes, and Andrew Koji (Warrior), who plays Tommy (aka Storm Shadow), only met after having sunk in Snake-eyes. But both grew up in the same part of England and are roughly the same age. “We’re both from Surrey,” Koji told io9 via video. “We are boys from Surrey. Golding explains that Koji went to the same middle school as most of his friends, which was also right next to where he grew up. “Two half-Asian kids who grew up in this area, not having met and only meeting on the other side of the world on this kind of amazing production was something really special,” said Golding. “And so our bond was naturally there from the start. Koji added, “And I think part of that probably got into the movie. “
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins takes place in a world where the famous GI groups Joe and Cobra exist, but they are not the center of the story. The focus is on a young man (Golding) who seeks revenge after the murder of his father. He saves the life of Tommy (Koji) and the two form a bond and return to Japan to train with the family of Tommy, the legendary clan known as the Arashikage. However, not everything is as it seems, as both men carry secrets. “We’re taking the traditional tropes genre of being a hero out of the way and making it as layered as possible. Golding said of the film. This means that at least at first the heroic GI Joe Snake Eyes you know from action figures, cartoons, and comics won’t be around yet, and neither will the villain. Agent cobra Storm shadow. But everyone is working on it.
“At first, Snake Eyes is a bit of that very deceptive kind of youth. He has had a very traumatic past and his main focus and sole purpose at this point in life is revenge. … By doing this, we later realize that he didn’t have any honor codes, ”Golding said of his character. “A code of honor really implies that you have sacrificed yourself for a greater good … and something like honor only comes with family. This is what he finds with the Arashikage. So, once he finds that honor in himself, he becomes the Snake Eyes we all know and love. This journey and this story arc, I think, was really subtle but very important. “
Directed by Robert Schwentke (rouge) —From a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse—Snake-eyes was shot in part on location in Japan with a predominantly Asian cast. More than even his story of honor, betrayal, and animated action figures, this is what Koji believes resonates with the film. “All I wanted, at the end of the day, was for the kids watching this movie and the fans.” [to be pleased] ”Koji said. “I didn’t have a character or a big movie like this when I was young that I could see, [so] I want [the kids] to feel seen and heard and that they feel empowered.
Just as Koji hopes the film empowers fans, fans conversely have the power to see more of GI Joe. It’s no surprise to say that the film ends in a place where the stories of Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow, as well as GI Joe and Cobra, could continue in more films if this one is a hit with audiences. And if that happens, each actor has very specific ideas about what they would like to do next.
“I really want to see a bigger world,” Golding said. “We are well in this microcosm of a corner of Arashikage and Japan. But of course, Cobra’s reach goes way beyond where we’re at in this particular movie. I love the spy world, and I think GI Joe and this world has this aspect. I wish something in this area to have to infiltrate … I want to see him, with the right motivations, infiltrate elsewhere. And of course I want him to grab the weaponry that makes him sort of iconic. Koji agrees. “I would love to see it in more of the Cobra look [where] he has a hooded look and his bow and arrows, ”he said. “And I like to see him with these different weapons which he masters perfectly. I would like to see more Arashikage techniques. And obviously it would be really cool to explore psychology.
Besides, it’s Hollywood. At the same time, Paramount and Hasbro restartg GI Joe with Snake-eyes, companies are also working together on a new approach Transformers called Rise of the Beasts. Could companies get Snake Eyes and Optimus Prime fitted? “Snake Eyes on Optimus Prime’s shoulder is something that I grew up imagining with the comics and all that jazz,” Golding said. “It would be phenomenal. “
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins opens in theaters July 23.
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