Samara Weaving, who starred in the sleeper horror hit Ready or Not, has joined Henry Golding in Snake Eyes, the G.I. Joe spinoff centered on the popular commando from Paramount in partnership with Skydance and AllSpark Pictures. MGM is also on board as a co-financier.
Takehiro Hira has also joined the production, which is set to begin this week in Vancouver. It will also shoot in Japan.
Robert Schwentke, who helmed two installments of the Divergent franchise, is directing the action project that has Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner producing.
The titular character, to be played by Golding, is the ninja commando that first appeared in the 1980s as part of Hasbro and Marvel Comics’ relaunch of the toy line, dubbed G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the script for the solo installment, which centers on Snake Eyes seeking revenge for his father’s death by joining a ninja clan and in the process finding acceptance.
Andre Koji is already set to play Storm Shadow, a ninja who is both Snake Eyes’ blood bother and archenemy. Iko Uwais is portraying Hard Master, Snake Eyes’ tough-as-nails teacher who is also a skilled sword master. Ursula Corbero will play the evil agent known as the Baroness.
Weaving will play they key role of Scarlett, the traditionally red-haired counter-intelligence officer who was the first female figure of the revamped G.I. Joe toyline in the 1980s. The character had a unique bond with Snake Eyes and frequently partnered with him. Rachel Nichols played the character in the 2009 film G.I .Joe: Rise of Cobra.
Weaving’s credits include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Babysitter (as the titular evil character), as well as Showtime’s SMILF. She most recently toplined Ready or Not, Fox Searchlight’s well-reviewed bloody horror movie, which has grossed over $50 million worldwide on a budget of $6 million since its late August release.
Weaving is repped by WME, Untitled Ent and Gang Tyre.