Paramount Pictures releases the first teaser trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins in conjunction with the MTV Movie and TV Awards.
Major franchises are getting the big-screen treatment every week in Hollywood and if you were a kid in the 1980s, there wasn’t a franchise much bigger than G.I. Joe. The hit cartoon, comic, and toy line, all helped to inspire Paramount’s ill-fated 2009 release, G.I. Joe and the marginally improved sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 2013.
After not even Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could sufficiently revive the floundering cinematic franchise Paramount went back to the drawing board. They began developing scripts for numerous approaches to the franchise and the first new film out of the gates is Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins. The film focuses on the titular character who is one of the most famous Joes of all time.
Snake Eyes will be played by Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians), who is following Ray Park (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) who portrayed the character in the previous two installments. Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is an origin story for the future global commando and promises to explore his rivalry with Storm Shadow in new, grounded ways. Take a look at the teaser for the upcoming blockbuster:
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Teaser Trailer
The new trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins opens with a bang, as a group of ninjas are in the midst of attacking the hero aboard moving vehicles on the freeway. The opening immediately sets the tone for the new reboot of the franchise that looks to have a more grounded sheen than previous adaptations. We then see Golding’s Snake Eyes being seemingly recruited by a nefarious presence.
There are quick cuts of martial arts training and the trailer ends with the hero seemingly accepting his call to action by revealing his trademark katana blade. We are then treated to a montage of action beats and money shots that give Joe fans brief glimpses of Scarlett, Blind Master, and the Baroness. The trailer ends with Snake Eyes accepting his destiny as the camera lingers on his iconic mask
This first look is brief, yet gives fans reason for optimism as the new teaser does effectively set the tone for the rebooted series. Henry Golding looks like he is a great fit for the role, both in and out of the costume. Long time fans of the G.I. Joe mythos know that while Snake Eyes is a world-class ninja and has the potential to be an action icon. However, one of his defining characteristics is that he becomes mute after a tragedy on the battlefield. It will be interesting to see if this is depicted in this film, or if they are saving it for a future installment in order to fully utilize Golding’s acting talent.
Additionally, the brief trailer also didn’t highlight what is surely to be the centerpiece of the film: the rivalry between Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. However, this new teaser signals that the promotional campaign is in full swing for the upcoming action film, so it will be interesting to see the rollout of familiar and fan-favorite characters over the coming months.
Snake Eyes also stars Andrew Koji as Storm Shadow, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta, and Iko Uwais as Hard Master. The film is directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) with a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty and the Beast).
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Official Synopsis
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars Henry Golding as Snake Eyes, a tenacious loner who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese clan called the Arashikage after saving the life of their heir apparent. Upon arrival in Japan, the Arashikage teach Snake Eyes the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for: a home. But, when secrets from his past are revealed, Snake Eyes’ honor and allegiance will be tested – even if that means losing the trust of those closest to him.
Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins premieres in theaters on July 23, 2021. What did you think of the new trailer? What are you hoping for from the new release? Let us know in the comment section below or over on our social media!