Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is set to hit theaters on July 23, and Paramount Pictures is giving fans a sneak peak of its expected summer blockbuster. The studio unleashed a gallery of photos from the film, highlighting some of its biggest stars and most notable characters. Among them are Henry Golding (Snake Eyes), Andrew Koji (Storm Shadow) and Haruka Abe (Akiko). One noteworthy glimpse shows Golding without the iconic Snake Eyes mask on.
Entertainment Weekly recently conducted an interview with Snake Eyes producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, who said that look was always by design.
“It was one of the reasons why we picked the backstory [of] ‘How did he become Snake Eyes?’ It allows him to talk, which was very helpful,” he said.
For his part, Golding was on-board with the look. “I wanted to see something different, and I wanted it to look different, to feel different… especially with a character like Snake Eyes about whom a lot of people don’t know too much,” he told the publication. “They know him as this insane operator that completes missions and is an absolute weapon, but who’s the guy behind the mask and what’s his story?”
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Additionally, the studio released a featurette that provided a bit more context for the images, including further details about the characters who are part of this latest installment of the G.I. Joe franchise.
The new film won’t just be covering Snake Eyes, but will also introduce fans to new versions of such well-known characters as Baroness (Úrsula Corberó) and Scarlett (Samara Weaving).
“Both Cobra and G.I. Joe take a back seat to the internal drama of the Arashikage and the character,” Bonaventura shared in the interview. “They are absolutely an element, but it’s looking at it this way: You meet somebody, watch their struggle, the struggle leads to the world of G.I. Joe and Cobra. It does not start as a G.I. Joe-Cobra movie. It starts as an Arashikage movie, a Snake Eyes character arc. You come to realize the Arashikage as they’ve traditionally been are affiliated with the Joes, therefore that brings in Cobra. There is a gradual reveal that there’s a larger world here.”