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The Rock in talks to star in G.I. Joe 2

Jun. 6, 2011by: Paul Tassi

Well, GI JOE 2 might be losing most of its original cast, but at least a few folks are sticking around, and the film might have just gotten a big new pick-up.

According to Deadline The Rock is in talks to pick up the role of a character named "Roadblock," which seems appropriate given his general shape and size. A quick Google reveals that the character is African American and a heavy machine gunner. The Rock is half black, half Samoan, but I doubt most of the GI JOE audience would know the difference.

The new film is going to be in 3D and helmed by NEVER SAY NEVER's (yep) Jon M. Chu. According to the same report, Channing Tatum looks likely to reprise his role as Duke, though no word on what other characters would be returning with him, as it's been said a majority are NOT.

So, another GI JOE huh? Will you be more likely to see now that The Rock is involved? I thought the original was kind of stupid fun, but incredibly forgettable and definitely in no need of a sequel. But this is Hollywood, so sure enough, here are. And in 3D to boot.

Extra Tidbit: There weren't enough transforming robots to make the original a truly classic toy-based film.
Source: Deadline

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3:34PM on 06/07/2011
I didn't have much of a problem with the cast of the first movie EXCEPT for Tatum, so it figures they'd nix the rest of the cast and keep him. Anyway, The Rock's a likeable guy, so why not?
I didn't have much of a problem with the cast of the first movie EXCEPT for Tatum, so it figures they'd nix the rest of the cast and keep him. Anyway, The Rock's a likeable guy, so why not?
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8:06AM on 06/07/2011
The first film was entertaining enough but with some crappy CGI. Also the attack on Paris seemed oddly similar to the one in Team America: World Police, which seemed like a bad decision.
The Rock actually seems like a good fit with this franchise, as he can do action movies and kid-friendly roles, both of which are required for GI Joe.
The first film was entertaining enough but with some crappy CGI. Also the attack on Paris seemed oddly similar to the one in Team America: World Police, which seemed like a bad decision.
The Rock actually seems like a good fit with this franchise, as he can do action movies and kid-friendly roles, both of which are required for GI Joe.
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6:30AM on 06/07/2011
this is messed up, how can you do a follow up movie with an entire different cast???? this is gonna bomb BIG TIME, HAHAHA

i mean, the original cast worked well together, so, why change it? :S

i wont be seeing this for sure, and its a shame, i liked the first GI Joe and was hoping to see the sequel, but no anymore...
this is messed up, how can you do a follow up movie with an entire different cast???? this is gonna bomb BIG TIME, HAHAHA

i mean, the original cast worked well together, so, why change it? :S

i wont be seeing this for sure, and its a shame, i liked the first GI Joe and was hoping to see the sequel, but no anymore...
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6:10AM on 06/07/2011
GI Joe 2 is good compromise between kids fare and action movies. Kids need action movies too. I enjoyed Firewalker and High Road to China when growing up. I would really prefer that the Rock play Black Adam in Shazam! though. And, that film--like GI Joe 2--would appeal to both young and old fanboy audiences.
GI Joe 2 is good compromise between kids fare and action movies. Kids need action movies too. I enjoyed Firewalker and High Road to China when growing up. I would really prefer that the Rock play Black Adam in Shazam! though. And, that film--like GI Joe 2--would appeal to both young and old fanboy audiences.
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5:46AM on 06/07/2011
I positively loved the first one, except for the horribly CGI'd, generic ending.
I positively loved the first one, except for the horribly CGI'd, generic ending.
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1:29AM on 06/07/2011

I like.

I enjoyed the first movie as an over-the-top action film. I enjoyed Sienna Millers chest shots and the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow fights were great. The Rock would be awesome in this, cause this is what he needs to do...action films! I didn't mind Marlon Wayans in the film, but its sad when Marlon Wayans out acts you (looking at you Channing Tatum!).
I enjoyed the first movie as an over-the-top action film. I enjoyed Sienna Millers chest shots and the Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow fights were great. The Rock would be awesome in this, cause this is what he needs to do...action films! I didn't mind Marlon Wayans in the film, but its sad when Marlon Wayans out acts you (looking at you Channing Tatum!).
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12:14AM on 06/07/2011
I don't get the extra tidbit- since when was either "Transformers" a classic anything other than classically awful?

More to the point, this would have been nice to have seen release last year or this year with the original director and cast, but now, I couldn't care any effing less.
I don't get the extra tidbit- since when was either "Transformers" a classic anything other than classically awful?

More to the point, this would have been nice to have seen release last year or this year with the original director and cast, but now, I couldn't care any effing less.
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11:39PM on 06/06/2011
Sure I like the Rock, But Tatum and Wayans totally fucked up my cartoon, them two ruined the movie so unrealistic people playing soldiers, not even fucking close to the real thing!
Sure I like the Rock, But Tatum and Wayans totally fucked up my cartoon, them two ruined the movie so unrealistic people playing soldiers, not even fucking close to the real thing!
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10:37PM on 06/06/2011
Does anyone even remember the first film? I saw it and can't even remember who was in it. Always the sign of a good movie right? Has the Rock fallen this far?
Does anyone even remember the first film? I saw it and can't even remember who was in it. Always the sign of a good movie right? Has the Rock fallen this far?
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11:43PM on 06/06/2011
Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Dennis Quaid, Jonathan Pryce, Sienna Miller, Christoper "The Ninth" Ecclestion, and Marlon Wayons. Brendan Fraser had a cameo.

That was just off the top my head...so I guess I do.
Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Ray Park, Arnold Vosloo, Dennis Quaid, Jonathan Pryce, Sienna Miller, Christoper "The Ninth" Ecclestion, and Marlon Wayons. Brendan Fraser had a cameo.

That was just off the top my head...so I guess I do.
3:00AM on 06/07/2011
I didn't love it or anything, but I agree with Indydan - I remember a lot about it
I didn't love it or anything, but I agree with Indydan - I remember a lot about it
10:01PM on 06/06/2011

Don't do it Rock!

Seriously, go find something a little grittier like the next Spy Kids Movie or something. But seriously let GI Joe die.
Seriously, go find something a little grittier like the next Spy Kids Movie or something. But seriously let GI Joe die.
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9:52PM on 06/06/2011
To the 2 people stating Rock should play Sgt Slaughter, lets be reminded of the fact that the character is modeled after the actual person. To cast Rock as this character would be the most assinine thing ever.
To the 2 people stating Rock should play Sgt Slaughter, lets be reminded of the fact that the character is modeled after the actual person. To cast Rock as this character would be the most assinine thing ever.
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11:44PM on 06/06/2011
He could play Sergeant Slaughter, who was a wrestler, as his "Rock" character. "It doesn't matter what your name is" always sounded like a deleted line from Full Metal Jacket anyway.
He could play Sergeant Slaughter, who was a wrestler, as his "Rock" character. "It doesn't matter what your name is" always sounded like a deleted line from Full Metal Jacket anyway.
1:56PM on 06/07/2011
correction: the entire rest of the cast for GI Joe was the most asinine thing ever. As is your overreacting and misspelling of the word asinine.
correction: the entire rest of the cast for GI Joe was the most asinine thing ever. As is your overreacting and misspelling of the word asinine.
9:34PM on 06/06/2011

Oh goodness, no.

Rock needs to focus on adult themed movies. The first G.I. Joe was GARBAGE.
The dynamic duo of Marlon Wayans and Channing Tatum destroyed any hope.
Rock needs to focus on adult themed movies. The first G.I. Joe was GARBAGE.
The dynamic duo of Marlon Wayans and Channing Tatum destroyed any hope.
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8:35PM on 06/06/2011
I had fun with the first one, but then again, I wasn't the uber-fan of the cartoon, comics, toys, etc. I always found them to be a bit campy, and I thought the movie captured that pretty well. The only thing that was missing was the PSA at the end of the credits.

Oh, and I totally agree that Covergirl should be brought back and that the Wayans brother should be sacrificed in the first 2 minutes of the movie to make it happen.
I had fun with the first one, but then again, I wasn't the uber-fan of the cartoon, comics, toys, etc. I always found them to be a bit campy, and I thought the movie captured that pretty well. The only thing that was missing was the PSA at the end of the credits.

Oh, and I totally agree that Covergirl should be brought back and that the Wayans brother should be sacrificed in the first 2 minutes of the movie to make it happen.
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7:19PM on 06/06/2011

He Can and NEEDS to Do Better!

The Rock needs to focus on ORIGINAL adult themed films. I haven't seen Faster but at least he was going in the right direction with an R rated revenge flick. What we don't need is him trying to save another franchise or do more kids movies. The Rundown was great fun and he was a great addition to Fast Five because his characters in both were bad asses. There was nothing interesting in GI Joe and I was a huge collector of their toys. I barely made through the first viewing and recently tried
The Rock needs to focus on ORIGINAL adult themed films. I haven't seen Faster but at least he was going in the right direction with an R rated revenge flick. What we don't need is him trying to save another franchise or do more kids movies. The Rundown was great fun and he was a great addition to Fast Five because his characters in both were bad asses. There was nothing interesting in GI Joe and I was a huge collector of their toys. I barely made through the first viewing and recently tried again and couldn't do it it's so bad. This is just a bad idea.
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6:45PM on 06/06/2011

Nice

The real problem was the miss cast in the first one... The guy who played Heavy Duty should have been Road Block, and the Rock should have played Heavy Duty...
The real problem was the miss cast in the first one... The guy who played Heavy Duty should have been Road Block, and the Rock should have played Heavy Duty...
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5:34PM on 06/06/2011

Half Black Half Samoan

Used to call him Tony Rocky Horror
Used to call him Tony Rocky Horror
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5:19PM on 06/06/2011
I agree the Rock would be better for Sgt. Slaughter.

Roadblock is better as pure African American. The Roadblock character is all black, so I don't know the Rock can pull that off.

But they're keeping Channing? Whose bright idea is that?
I agree the Rock would be better for Sgt. Slaughter.

Roadblock is better as pure African American. The Roadblock character is all black, so I don't know the Rock can pull that off.

But they're keeping Channing? Whose bright idea is that?
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6:39PM on 06/06/2011
Wow- Let me get this straight...A Half Black guy couldn't play a full Black Character, put would be perfect to play a middle aged White Guy? You'd make a great casting directer....
Wow- Let me get this straight...A Half Black guy couldn't play a full Black Character, put would be perfect to play a middle aged White Guy? You'd make a great casting directer....
9:06PM on 06/06/2011
Allow me to elaborate.

When I say all black, I'm not referring to racial heritage alone.

The Roadblock character often spoke with an urban accent and would even occasionally belt out Mohammad Ali-esque rhymes. It would be a shame to lose that kind of character and casting The Rock in that kind of role would clash.

On the other hand, the Rock has the commanding gravitas to play a demanding in your face drill sergeant.

Capiche?
Allow me to elaborate.

When I say all black, I'm not referring to racial heritage alone.

The Roadblock character often spoke with an urban accent and would even occasionally belt out Mohammad Ali-esque rhymes. It would be a shame to lose that kind of character and casting The Rock in that kind of role would clash.

On the other hand, the Rock has the commanding gravitas to play a demanding in your face drill sergeant.

Capiche?
9:49PM on 06/06/2011
Sgt Slaughter was designed after an actual person, you cant recast the race of a character that is modeled after a real person. Thats like getting Robert DeNiro to play Muhummad Ali
Sgt Slaughter was designed after an actual person, you cant recast the race of a character that is modeled after a real person. Thats like getting Robert DeNiro to play Muhummad Ali
1:55PM on 06/07/2011
how about robert deniro playing ace rothstein? a jewish guy? is that cool or only are black and white not interchangeable?
how about robert deniro playing ace rothstein? a jewish guy? is that cool or only are black and white not interchangeable?
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5:07PM on 06/06/2011

Justin Bieber haters

you know, I don't like the kids music, but that doesn't mean this is a bad choice for a director just because he did a semi-doc on the kid. Really, the vast majority of people who have seen the film with an open mind says it was actually a good film, regardless if you liked JB or not, and praise has been given to the director so I applaud this choice.

Also - Rock in anpther action role? I can't say no to that!
you know, I don't like the kids music, but that doesn't mean this is a bad choice for a director just because he did a semi-doc on the kid. Really, the vast majority of people who have seen the film with an open mind says it was actually a good film, regardless if you liked JB or not, and praise has been given to the director so I applaud this choice.

Also - Rock in anpther action role? I can't say no to that!
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4:46PM on 06/06/2011

Meta

Instead of Roadblock, he should play Sergeant Slaughter...

I'm too young to have any fond memories of GI Joe, so for me, I loved the first one for what it was (mindless escapism) and also loved how they essentially said, "yeah...we have submarines battling each other in a world of lasers and bullets, and physics breaking ninjas...so what?" and I cannot wait for the next one...

Wait...who's direc-FUCK IT NEVER MIND!
Instead of Roadblock, he should play Sergeant Slaughter...

I'm too young to have any fond memories of GI Joe, so for me, I loved the first one for what it was (mindless escapism) and also loved how they essentially said, "yeah...we have submarines battling each other in a world of lasers and bullets, and physics breaking ninjas...so what?" and I cannot wait for the next one...

Wait...who's direc-FUCK IT NEVER MIND!
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5:12PM on 06/06/2011
the minute i read this i said to myself "roadblock?? no way! MAYBE Sgt Slaughter"

so hats off and thumbs up to you, my man.
the minute i read this i said to myself "roadblock?? no way! MAYBE Sgt Slaughter"

so hats off and thumbs up to you, my man.
6:42PM on 06/06/2011
Was my t.v. broken in the 80's? Wasn't or isn't St. Slaughter white?

They should let the Srg have a cameo, but not the Rock play him, that would be redonckulouis...
Was my t.v. broken in the 80's? Wasn't or isn't St. Slaughter white?

They should let the Srg have a cameo, but not the Rock play him, that would be redonckulouis...
1:42PM on 06/07/2011
I was referring to actually fitting the [link] of the character. wasnt thinking color at all.
I was referring to actually fitting the [link] of the character. wasnt thinking color at all.
4:27PM on 06/06/2011
loved the first one and on the edge of my seat for the sequel the difference between me and many others i think is that i take the movie for what it is, a movie based on toys so i'm expecting action, minimal plot, and comedy. i get more bonus if not oh well. SO BRING IT ON HOLLYWOOD I'M WAITING.
also anyone who complains the movie sucks after watching it, has got to realize that this is like any art you aren't guaranteed to like it.
loved the first one and on the edge of my seat for the sequel the difference between me and many others i think is that i take the movie for what it is, a movie based on toys so i'm expecting action, minimal plot, and comedy. i get more bonus if not oh well. SO BRING IT ON HOLLYWOOD I'M WAITING.
also anyone who complains the movie sucks after watching it, has got to realize that this is like any art you aren't guaranteed to like it.
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4:10PM on 06/06/2011
why would someone have to google search who the f**k roadblock is!??! that's, like, common knowledge!!

and the first movie sucked ass, so they have to REALLY up the ante to get me to see it at all.
why would someone have to google search who the f**k roadblock is!??! that's, like, common knowledge!!

and the first movie sucked ass, so they have to REALLY up the ante to get me to see it at all.
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3:34PM on 06/06/2011

i love the rock but this is crap casting. roadblock is 100% black!!

idiots.
idiots.
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5:14PM on 06/06/2011
you're right. the thumbs down are wrong. It's fairly integral to who he was
you're right. the thumbs down are wrong. It's fairly integral to who he was
5:29PM on 06/06/2011
Maybe they should do blackface to make his skin a darker color. Or would that be wrong?
Maybe they should do blackface to make his skin a darker color. Or would that be wrong?
3:09PM on 06/06/2011
Worst Adaptation Ever. Just kill it. The movie ruined my love of GI Joe but it did cure me of collecting that crap.
Worst Adaptation Ever. Just kill it. The movie ruined my love of GI Joe but it did cure me of collecting that crap.
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3:00PM on 06/06/2011
Even though she got stabbed the chest, bring back Cover Girl
Even though she got stabbed the chest, bring back Cover Girl
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2:38PM on 06/06/2011
Rock's dad is black. His mom is Samoan.
Rock's dad is black. His mom is Samoan.
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2:43PM on 06/06/2011
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2:36PM on 06/06/2011
This movie is going to suck.

Best thing to do is reboot this franchise.
This movie is going to suck.

Best thing to do is reboot this franchise.
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5:19PM on 06/06/2011
I fear you're right.
I fear you're right.
8:49PM on 06/06/2011
Just throw Matt Damon into the mix. Problem fixed!
Just throw Matt Damon into the mix. Problem fixed!
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