When the “G.I. Joe” sequel gets under way, fans will see an almost all-new cast that not only includes Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson but could also feature Wu-Tang Clan rapper/producer-turned-actor RZA.
The beatmeister will play a martial arts expert named the Blind Master, who once trained Joe commandos Snake Eyes and Jinx (Elodie Yung of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition to returning star Channing Tatum, another potential new face will be D.J. Cotrona, currently appearing on the TV show “Detroit 1-8-7.” Both RZA and Cotrona are in negotiations to join the movie, which is being directed by Jon Chu (“Justin Bieber: Never Say Never”).
” ‘Joe’ is something I’ve loved since I was a kid,” Chu confessed to MTV News when word of his possible involvement first leaked earlier this year. “My era was ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,’ ‘G.I. Joe’ and ‘Transformers.’ When ‘Joe’ changed their theme song from the old-style ‘Go Joe!’ to ‘Got to get tough, go Joe!’ that was the era I was in. Those are the fun, glory years that I remember.”
Cotrona is slated to play a character named Flint, one of Joe’s soldiers best known from the 1980s comics for his signature shotgun and beret.
The mainstream flick is one of the most high-profile popcorn movie roles to date for RZA, who has previously appeared in films such as “Due Date,” “Kill Bill,” “Funny People” and “American Gangster.” He recently wrapped work directing the martial arts movie “The Man With the Iron Fists,” in which he co-stars with Russell Crowe and blaxploitation icon Pam Grier.