Ray Park, the actor and stuntman known for playing the character Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, will not be reprising his role in the upcoming Snake Eyes spinoff movie, Slashfilm has confirmed.
Producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura told the outlet that Park won’t be involved in the project simply because the film is an origin story, meaning whoever does take over the part will be younger than Park. In the comics, Snake Eyes’ face is revealed in that story as well, hence the desire to find someone else to take on the popular role.
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Snake Eyes is the ninja commando known for his deadly ability with a sword and trench knives. However, he is also a highly skilled martial artist who can be just as dangerous unarmed. Snake-Eyes was living in solitude in the High Sierras when he was recruited to join G.I. Joe. His real name and backstory have long been sources of mystery. As a result of being caught in a helicopter explosion, he is heavily scarred and mute. To hide his face, he usually appears in a black balaclava and matching bodysuit.
The spinoff will be directed by Robert Schwentke (RED, R.I.P.D.) from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulous (Bright 2, The Huntsman: Winter’s War), who is currently working on the script.
Last year, Paramount set a March 27, 2020 release date for a new G.I. Joe movie, but it’s unknown if Snake Eyes is in the film.