Walton Goggins Joins G.I. JOE 2: RETALIATION

     August 15, 2011

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After The Shield signed off in 2008, Walton Goggins set off on the path to become one of the great character actors in genre fare.  Justified is the most notable example, highlighted by the recent Emmy nomination.  But Goggins’ is starting to pepper his resume with supporting roles in big summer blockbusters (at least by intention) like Predators and Cowboys & Aliens.  Next summer will follow suit now that Paramount has signed Goggins for a role in G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.  According to Variety, Goggins will play Warden Nigel James.  Goggins is one of several new cast members in what has become more reboot than sequel—Dwayne Johnson (Roadblock), Adrianne Palicki (Lady Jaye), RZA (Blind Master), D.J. Cotrona (Flint), Joseph Mazzello (Mouse), and Elodie Yung (Jinx) are confirmed, while Bruce Willis is in talks to play Joe himself.  Channing Tatum (Duke), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), and Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow) will reprise their roles from the original.

Director Jon Chu (Justin Bieber: Never Say Never) will start shooting later this month in New Orleans, working from a script by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland).  G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation is scheduled for release on June 29, 2012.

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