Over the past several weeks we’ve been getting reports of various folks in line to play members of the G.I. Joe team, but beyond Storm Shadow, we knew nothing about the bad guys. Well, that’s now changed!
According, once again, to Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, not only is Firefly in the G.I. Joe sequel, but he will be played by Ray Stevenson! Stevenson most recently made his presence known as Volstagg in Thor, but is also popular among geeks for his portrayal of Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher) in Punisher War Zone. He also was in The Book of Eli alongside Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman.
I will admit, I tried to watch Punisher War Zone, but I had trouble keeping with it, I’m not sure that’s any fault of Mr. Stevenson.
The larger news to me is…well… freaking FIREFLY. Awesome.
Something curious about these cast leaks, however… a number of months ago, a supposed early leak of a script of the sequel was making its rounds. I will admit, I have a copy, and I’ve read it. It has long since been debunked, and certainly, a great deal of it is likely changed or untrue.
However, I can’t help but notice that in that script, Flint, Lady Jaye, and Firefly were all featured pretty heavily. Could just be a total coincidence, but it will be quite interesting to see if elements of that script end up flowing to the final product.
Whatever happens, I can’t wait for next summer!
Here’s a little YouTube tribute to Stevenson as The Punisher… NOT FOR THE KIDS.