According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willis is in negotiations to play General Joe Colton, considered to be the founder of the Joe squad. The character never appeared in the original “Joe” cartoons, and he’ll make his live-action debut with the sequel.
Given Colton’s high rank, it’s likely that Willis’ role is lighter on the combat side and heavier on barking the orders that make the action happen. In fact, on the surface, the Colton role sounds pretty similar to the one occupied by Dennis Quaid in the first “G.I. Joe” movie. He played General Hawk, then commander of the team; there’s been no word on whether or not Quaid’s returning for a sequel, though, so perhaps he was flushed out (and replaced by Willis) alongside most of the original movie’s cast, a mass-exodus that was previously reported.
Still, even with a serious overhaul that’s left only a handful of returning “Joe” players in place — Channing Tatum and Ray Park among them — you can’t say that “Retaliation” lacks star power. Aside from Willis’ recent enlistment, the “Joe” sequel also has room for Dwayne Johnson, RZA, Ray Stevenson and one-time “Wonder Woman” heroine Adrianne Palicki. And if the cast doesn’t do it for you, never forget: there will be ninjas. Many, many, ninjas. See below for proof:
With a June 29, 2012 release date already set, it won’t be too long before the real American heroes swing back into battle over land, sea and air.
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