Paramount is developing a new G.I. Joe spin-off movie centered around Snake Eyes, and Crazy Rich Asians star Hanry Goldin is reportedly in early talks to play the titular ninja character.The news comes from Variety, whose sources report Paramount is working to find a new direction for the G.I. Joe franchise. Snake Eyes previously appeared in 2009’s G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, where he was played by Ray Park (Star Wars: Episode I). As with last year’s Transformers prequel Bumblebee, Paramount looks to be shifting focus to smaller, character-driven spin-offs of its Hasbro properties.
It’s unknown whether Snake Eyes will be connected to the previous G.I. Joe films or tell a completely standalone story. Goldin’s casting (assuming talks pan out) suggests fans will see more of the man beneath the ninja mask.
Snake Eyes will be directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) and is written by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast). The film is said to be an origin story focused on a young Snake Eyes’ efforts to join the Arashikage Clan, which implies his rivalry with Storm Shadow will factor heavily into the plot.
Paramount Pictures and Hasbro began developing their own cinematic universe that was based on Hasbro properties in spring 2016. In addition to G.I. Joe, this shared universe includes Micronauts, Visionaires, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM.