Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) might join the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel as heavy machine gunner “Roadblock.” According to Deadline, Johnson is in talks to join Paramount’s “overhauled sequel” G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes, set to be directed by Jon Chu (Step Up 3D).
Johnson is flying high off Fast Five’s box office success, and is already rumored to have a role in the sixth instalment. He might turn into action franchise gold, if G.I. Joe 2 does well. After some family-oriented film choices, Johnson’s action career hasn’t quite been stellar. Now that his involvement in the Fast and the Furious franchise has been credited with part of its surprising performance, I’m sure he’ll be seeing plenty of Hollywood action.
What surprises me (and disappoints) is that the Star Trek sequel set for a summer 2012 release will be scratched, and replaced by this G.I. Joe sequel. I don’t understand why Paramount would push back a sequel to the popular and well-done Star Trek for a sequel to the dismally forgettable 2009 G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra.
This looks to be a re-vitalization of the G.I. Joe franchise, as a new collection of characters has been announced. No one from the original installment is set to come back as of now, except Channing Tatum as “Duke”. If there has to be a G.I. Joe 2, here’s hoping it doesn’t suck balls like the first one.