Bruce Willis in Talks to Play Original Joe in G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION

     August 9, 2011

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Bruce Willis is in negotiations with Paramount to join the cast of G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation. If the deal goes through, Heat Vision reports that Willis will take on the role of General Joe Colton, the man responsible for forming the original strike team in the comics (hence the name). Although I have little knowledge of the comics or Joe’s portrayal in them (a statement that probably negates my next line), I can’t help but feel as if Willis would be a piece of perfect casting for the part. He has the action/adventure chops needed to make the character believable without sacrificing the element of fun I remember gathering from the original cartoon.

If Willis joins, he will take part in a cast that already includes Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson (who is playing the villain Firefly), Adrianne Palicki, Lee Byung-hun, D.J. Cotrona, and Ray Park. Jon Chu (Never Say Never) is directing the pic for Paramount. G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation will begin shooting in New Orleans later this month with its June 29, 2012 release date in mind.

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