12:08pm PT by Todd Gilchrist
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' Trailer Disposes of Channing Tatum, Recruits Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis (Video)
Following director Jon M. Chu’s appearance at Cinemacon in Las Vegas, Paramount Pictures premiered a second trailer Monday night for G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The follow-up to the studio’s 2009 blockbuster G.I. Joe: The Rise of COBRA, Chu’s film stars Dwayne Johnson as iconic soldier Roadblock and Bruce Willis as Joe Colton, the man for whom the Joes were named.
While previous trailers and clips set up the context for Chu’s sequel, the new footage reveals more details about how and why Johnson and Willis’ characters are introduced into the series. Specifically, Duke (Channing Tatum) is among a group of soldiers that is attacked by Firefly (Ray Stevenson), and while the trailer doesn’t reveal his fate, he’s evidently indisposed enough to be absent from the remainder of the clip, if not the movie itself. Subsequently, Roadblock assembles a new core team of Joes that includes Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Mouse (Joseph Mazzello), Flint (D.C. Cotrona) and of course Snake Eyes (Ray Park), after discovering that the President of the United States himself (Jonathan Pryce) has branded G.I. Joe a menace and replaced the division with the evil forces of COBRA.
The last member of Roadblock’s team to join is Joe Colton, and the two men set out to rescue the world from COBRA, whose forces assemble across the globe. As London erupts in violence, Roadblock struggles to keep ahold of his team and avenge his fallen comrades. After that, there’s a bunch of cool swingy stuff where Jinx (Elodie Yung) and Snake Eyes fight up in the mountains against a phalanx of COBRA ninjas.
While if anything the trailer reveals too much plot (and do we really need another disgraced-team-races-to-clear-its-name story?), the footage only further energizes expectations from fans, whose skepticism over the hiring of Step Up 2 The Streets and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu was allayed after the premiere of the first trailer. At least for the time being, Chu seems to have delivered the goods – and then some – with G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but if nothing else, the prospect of seeing Johnson and Willis share the screen is enough to get action fans excited about the film’s big-scale summer spectacle.
But if the promise of a good-looking G.I. Joe movie still isn’t enough to get audiences involved, Paramount simultaneously premiered the website COBRASpecialForces.com, where fans can begin their “COBRA Recruitment Testing” (we qualified as Mercenary, which we’re cool with as long as it means we either get to hang out with Zartan and the Drednoks or Major Bludd and the Baroness). Click here to test your mettle as a member of COBRA.