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‘Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins’ Unmasks the Mysterious Ninja Hero

The origin film, premiering July 23, features Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in his time before the mask, when he could still speak; watch the action-packed trailer.

The G.I. Joe franchise is getting resurrected, this time with Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, the highly anticipated story that finally unmasks the titular ninja. Hunky Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians, Last Christmas), who plays the mysterious commando, reveals the film will finally explore the story of Snake Eyes when he could speak, before he joined G.I. Joe. "Let's just say he wasn't born with a mask. There's always a beginning. […] The importance for giving complexity to such an iconic character, I think drove us to be able to allow him to express himself because I don't think we were able to see that in the comic books,” Golding explains.

Watch the katana-packed trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins now:

The official synopsis for the film has also been revealed: “Snake Eyes [is] 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.”

Could this origin story be the beginning of a full G.I. Joe reboot, complete with standalone character movies a-la The Avengers? Chances are high. The film also stars Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Samara Weaving as Scarlett, Haruka Abe as Akiko, Tahehiro Hira as Kenta, and Iko Uwais as Hard Master.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is set to premiere July 23, 2021.

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