In what has been a relatively barren month or two for G.I. Joe: Retaliation news, Celebuzz spoke to actor Byung-Hun Lee, who of course plays Storm Shadow about his upcoming film Masquerade. Among the discussion points, the G.I. Joe: Retaliation topic came up and Lee explained that he was pulled from shooting Masquerade to come back to the states and film more scenes for G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
This does fit alongside previously revealed details explaining that not only was the film being post-converted to 3D, but that Paramount was actually filming some additional scenes to make the 3D all that much better.
Throughout the conversation, the Korean actor also expressed a deep respect for director Jon Chu.
It’s a very interesting interview that also reveals some of the difficulties Byung-Hun Lee had in filming The Rise of Cobra, especially considering he could not speak English at the time. Check it out over on Celebuzz.com and thanks to Skywarp for the info.
Okay…don’t ask me how this happened, because I remember watching this trailer a couple of weeks ago, and I could have sworn I also posted a story for it, but apparently I’m smoking something. Or I was smoking something.
Regardless of my potential drug habit, this Korean version of the initial G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer hit the ‘net at least a couple of weeks ago, I believe, and is mostly unremarkable, with the exception of a few brief glimpses of more Storm Shadow. In Korea, Byung-Hun Lee is pretty hot stuff, so it only makes sense that the trailer for that market would have more Lee and less shirt. Ya know, for the ladies.
Well, I guess “overhauled” is what you call coming back from the dead? One of the more controversial aspects of the original Rise of Cobra film was the decidedly final fate of Cobra ninja Storm Shadow, who was hacked up and dropped into the Arctic sea.
Considering we first heard news that Lee Byung-Hun would reprise his role as Storm Shadow over a year ago, that fate became less than final, and now according to Korean news site Starnews we have a few more details concerning Storm Shadow’s upcoming return to the Joe film franchise. The original page is in Korean, but thanks to the wonders of Google Translate we have some clunky, broken English, and most likely completely inaccurate assumptions. But hey, look, movie news!
I mean, after all, according to the article, “Lee is Storm Shadow is entirely dead, as described in Part 2 but emerged as a new look side, Snake Eyes, and is expected to spread even more intense confrontation.Lee is more powerful than characters haejyeo euroseon phase in Hollywood is expected to rise further.” Go Google Translate, go!
In all seriousness, the article confirms reports that Lee, Park, and Tatum are pretty much the only cast members slated to return and that the Korean actor is returning stateside to promote his latest film and to prepare for filming of the G.I. Joe sequel. Personally my favorite part of the article is that they refer to Lee as a “ninja” even outside the context of the film. Take the article for what’s it worth, and get ready for 14 more months of this. Yay!
Hmmm…well, we all know the MTV Movie Awards are cheese-worthy and are more for the spectacle than the actual awards…and any award that considers Channing Tatum for anything based on his role in The Rise of Cobra doesn’t get much confidence from me.
But hey, slow news day, so there ya go. Hit up MTV.com for the full run down.
Although they don’t really nail down a source for the information, Korean rumor site allkpop.com is reporting that Byung-Hun Lee is slated to have a much larger role in upcoming G.I. Joe sequels, according to their sources at Paramount.
Somewhat buried within the article as well, it’s reported that “…Filming for the sequel is scheduled to begin in August with a pending 2012 release.”
Again, no reports about where the source of this information is coming from, but it certainly looks like things are moving full steam ahead.
Take the info with a grain of salt, but Byung Hun Lee fansite, Byeung of our Hearts is reporting that a translated article from a Korean newspaper reports that the G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA star is set to reprise his role as Storm Shadow in the sequel, possibly as early as this year! According to the translated article:
“It was from BH Entertainment’s latest release that Byunghun will start filming the sequel of Storm Shadow in GI Joe 2.. as early as end of the year going for the first 6 months of 2010. Because of the successful outing of ‘GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ with US$288 million revenue worldwide, the production is wasting no time to start with the sequel. Lee Byung Hun’s management team is coordinating with the Hollywood production to really plan on Byunghun’s filming schedule for the coming year. He had also signed on for the 3rd movie.”
Awesome news. Each day I’m growing fonder and fonder of this new world that Hasbro and Paramount are crafting, I can’t wait for movie fever to start ramping up again, pissed off fanboys and all.If nothing else, it makes operating a fansite a hell of a lot more interesting.
Been a busy day today, so I haven’t had much computer time. Now that I’m playing catch up, just wanted to point out a couple of interesting pictures posted on sites around the ‘net…
First of all, Smokescreen posted the following images on the Coil Club:
Really cool to see G.I. Joe being advertised everywhere…seems like anywhere you look these days, it’s there. Great to see!
Also, the guys at The Terror Drome also posted the following image from a fansite of Byung-Hun Lee (who plays Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA). It shows that the Arctic Assault Storm Shadow looks to have some basis in the film as hypothosized:
I still remember when we’d go months without hearing any new G.I. Joe news. Seeing this constant flow of information is fantastic!