1:28 pm EDT, August 14, 2019

Henry Golding in talks to star in ‘G.I. Joe’ spinoff ‘Snake Eyes’

Crazy Rich Asians superstar (and super hunk) Henry Golding is going from romance hero to action hero.

Just like his Crazy Rich Asians costar Awkwafina, Henry Golding is staying booked and busy over the next few years.

The romantic lead of Crazy Rich Asians looks to add another romcom classic under his belt, with the upcoming Last Christmas with Emilia Clarke. He’ll then go on to try his hand in the action thriller genre, starring in Guy Ritchie’s The Gentlemen, which stars Matthew McConaughey.

Now it looks like we’ll be able to add action star and hero to his resume, with Variety reporting that Henry Golding is currently in talks to star in the G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes as the titular character.

Henry Golding

Paramount first announced the Snake Eyes spin-off in 2018 as a way to breathe new life into their G.I. Joe franchise, though there’d been no word since then. The studio went on to greenlight a new G.I. Joe ensemble film that would likewise add depth to the newly revived franchise.

Snake Eyes is one of G.I. Joe’s most popular characters, a ninja commando who first appeared in the toyline in the 1980s.

Snake Eyes dresses all in black, never reveals his face and never speaks — a trio of traits that made him stand out among the military anti-terrorist soldiers and spies of G.I. Joe. As a character, Snake Eyes sometimes went on solo missions accompanied with his dog, Timber. His archenemy is Storm Shadow, a ninja who also happens to be his blood brother.

Robert Schwentke, who directed The Captain, is set to helm the feature, based on a script from Beauty and the Beast and The Huntsman: Winter’s War scribe Evan Spiliotopoulos.

The story for the film will center on Snake Eyes on a path to avenge his father’s death by joining a ninja clan — one which also helps him find acceptance.

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