Does G.I. Joe 2 have its Flint and Blind Master?

Well, as if it wasn’t clear that the G.I. Joe sequel was going to delve further into Snake Eyes’ past, it is pretty clear now.

Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision site is reporting that D.J. Cotrona will be joining the G.I. Joe team in the sequel starring as famous G.I. Joe Warrant Office Flint!  Fans of Detroit 187 (such as myself) will recognize Cotrona as Detective John Stone.  He certainly has the look, and he seemed like a good actor in what I saw of him during Detroit 187 (which incidently I think was one of the most underrated television shows in a long while).

In the same article, they mention rapper-turned-actor RZA is also in talks to join the G.I. Joe motion picture sequel as the “Blind Master”, who was Jinx’s chief martial arts instructor from the Arashikage Clan.  The Blind Master is a pretty random name to pick out of a hat, so it certainly seems as if there may be something to this.  So what we have so far in the roster (if these rumors come true) are:

  • Duke (Channing Tatum)
  • Roadblock (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson)
  • Flint (DJ Cotrona)
  • Snake Eyes (Ray Park)
  • Jinx (Elodie Yung)

Certainly a pretty eclectic group.  Having Flint there would also make an appearance by Lady Jaye pretty likely as well.  Very interesting.  Really looking forward to starting to hear a bit more about who might be on the Cobra side of the roster.  Time will tell.

It’s official (kinda, I guess) The Rock is in G.I. Joe 2!

I think most fans were already accepting this as official, but just in case, it’s now even more officially official…or is it?  Just like the last semi-official announcement, this announcement came via Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Twitter Account, but it has a much more definitive air to it.  It says:

“It’s official: Call the Pentagon, get me my big ass gun – Rocks a JOE!”

So I guess that counts as official, doesn’t it?  These days, yes it does.  All I can say is “bring it on!”

I will be very honest…regardless of how the movie turns out, I am almost giddy in anticipation of the lead up to it.  Even though the shine and luster has worn off The Rise of Cobra since 2009 (yes there was actually luster and shine for me, at one point), I think the months leading up to it was some of the most exciting moments in my Joe fandom career.  There is just something about reporting actual MOVIE news about my favorite property that gets my blood going.  I still remember that first trailer, and while so many people were talking smack about the accelerator suits, I was just watching it over, and over, and over again.

This is G.I. Joe.  This is Hollywood doing G.I. Joe!  Can’t wait until summer, 2012.  Once again, bring it on!!