One of the biggest gaps in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in many fans’ opinions was the lack of Scarlett among the main cast of characters. I think we all know by now that the creative team was looking to “tie up” some loose ends, but among any complaints fans had about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Rachel Nichols as Scarlett wasn’t generally among them.
Scott Neumyer spoke with Nichols on behalf of Parade Magazine about her new film Raze, but managed to sneak in some G.I. Joe questions, and as one might expect, the female star seems eager to reprise her role as the “First Lady” of G.I. Joe:
“Any chance you might be back for the third installment?
You know, that was a real heartbreak for me and I’ve always been really honest about it. They went through a regime change at Paramount between the first movie and the second movie, and you can see that with the cast and the fact that not a lot are back, but I was really heartbroken. I had a blast on that movie.”
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu has made many references to the Scarlett character in various interviews about the possible direction of the third film, and I think tying Nichols back into the story could make for a really great arc tying the three films together. Time will tell, but it’s exciting to see that Rachel Nichols is open to it.
Thanks to Scott Neumyer for bringing up the G.I. Joe topic. He’s a great writer, and you can check out his work on Twitter and various online outlets throughout the web.
Casting news for the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra has been coming in fast and furious, although from unofficial sources. Well, even though Rachel Nichols herself is not an “official” source, the information is pretty much coming from the horse’s mouth, so I’d consider this at lease somewhat confirmed. In a Twitter update yesterday, Nichols wrote the following:
“GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…”
Unlike Sienna Miller, Nichols appears to have wanted to reprise her role from the 2009 film, but apparently it’s not in the cards. Now the real question is, does that mean Scarlett does not appear in the film at all, or will someone else be playing her? The Tweet certainly seems to indicate that Scarlett won’t be back at all. Curiouser and curiouser…
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.
The G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA cast has been making the rounds in a big way over the past few days, and there are a few clips online with various interviews and tv appearences. I will, by no means, be catching them all, but here are a few interesting tidbits:
The many military veterans and family members who were eagerly anticipating a special premier for G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA at Andrews Air Force Base got even more than they bargained for as cast members Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, and Marlon Wayans all made surprise appearences.
Entertainment Tonight spent some time with cast members Marlon Wayans, Channing Tatum, Rachel Nichols, and Sienna Miller, and captured the event on video. About five minutes along, it has some neat interactions between the cast members and little tidbits of information scattered throughout. They talk about their favorite weapons, crack jokes, and add a little insight as well. You can click here to see it, or just check out the embedded video below.