‘G.I. Joe’ Star Channing Tatum Prepares To Rock

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” debuted with mixed reviews in 2009, but the brand is seemingly still strong enough to support a burgeoning live action movie franchise, as plans continue to move ahead with a sequel, “G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes,” rumored for a 2012 release.

While many actors, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, will not be returning for the as-yet-untitled sequel, Channing Tatum will be reprising his role as protagonist Duke. In addition to other returning stars Lee Byung-hun and Ray Park, the new movie will feature Stephen Martines rumored to play Cross-Country, Elodie Yung as the ninja Jinx, D.J. Cotrona as fan-favorite Flint, RZA as the Blind Master, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye and Ray Stevenson as bad guy Firefly.

But the costar that Tatum appears most excited about? That would be none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who’s been tapped to play Roadblock.

“I haven’t met him yet – I’m so excited to meet him,” Tatum admitted. “I hear he’s literally one of the nicest people on the entire planet. So I’m just excited to hear that he’s that huge and he’s that nice.”

The new G.I. Joe film, based on the perennially popular toy line of the same name, will be directed by John Chu, who is best known for directing both “Step Up 2: The Streets,” “Step Up 3D” and “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.”

What do you think about the G.I. Joe movie? Are you excited to see Johnson and the rest of the new castmembers in action?