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Snake Eyes Movie Cast, Plot, Release Date, And Trailer

The cinematic G.I. Joe franchise has been languishing for about seven years now, but if there's one guy who can rescue it, it's the deadly, black-garbed, silent ninja known as Snake Eyes. The mysterious character has been the property's most popular since it was reintroduced in its modern form in the '80s — and while the two G.I. Joe movies have been a mixed bag, Snake Eyes has retained every bit of his enigmatic awesomeness on the big screen.

In 2010's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the character — whose face has never been seen — was portrayed by the Scottish martial artist Ray Park, who you may recognize (or, you, know, perhaps not) as the man who gave ferocious, predatory life to Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Since Eyes is canonically Asian, Park will not be returning for the solo film... because this time, the ninja will finally be unmasked in a story which will give us the origin of the coolest character you (or maybe your big brother) ever pretended to be when you were a kid. Here's everything we know about Snake Eyes.

Who is in the cast of Snake Eyes?

Snake Eyes is being directed by Robert Schwentke (RED) from a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos (the live-action Beauty and the Beast redo), and so far, he's assembled a sterling cast. In the lead role: Henry Golding, whose debut performance in the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians has led to roles in the feature films A Simple Favor, Monsoon, Last Christmas, and The Gentlemen in just the last year and a half or so.

The talented actor will be taking on his first action lead, and he has a heck of a supporting cast surrounding him. Snake Eyes also stars the awesome Samara Weaving (Ready or Not) as Scarlett, Úrsula Corberó (Money Heist) as the Baroness, Peter Mensah (True Blood, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Blind Master, and Andrew Koji (of the excellent Cinemax series Warrior) as Snake Eyes' brother and deadly nemesis Storm Shadow.

Snake Eyes is currently before the cameras, so we haven't gotten a look at any footage yet — but thanks to Golding, we have gotten one intriguing image from the set of the flick. On the actor's 33rd birthday, he took to Instagram to share a black-and-white image of himself in character, from behind, ascending a set of stone steps.

What is the plot of Snake Eyes?

While we don't yet have a heck of a lot of specifics as far as plot details yet, we do know that Snake Eyes will be an origin story — and as such, we'll likely get to see the events which transform him into the masked, silent badass we all know and love. (Snake Eyes' silence has been chalked up to damaged vocal cords in the G.I. Joe animated series and Marvel comics, but was retconned for the feature films as being due to a vow he took after the apparent murder of one of his masters at Storm Shadow's hands.)

Remarks made by Golding also indicate that Snake Eyes will be charged with a weighty task: rebooting the entire G.I. Joe film series. During a press conference earlier this year, the actor said, "It's unlike anything people will have seen. We're really starting a new timeline, a new franchise with the G.I. Joe universe. To kick it off with such a distinct and stylized film, I think, it really sets the precedent for follow up movies" (via Inverse).

While one could make the case that Paramount and Hasbro may be jumping the gun rebooting the series after only two films, in our humble opinion, it's the right move. G.I. Joe has the potential to be a smash hit property along the lines of the Fast and Furious or Mission: Impossible franchises, but Rise of Cobra and Retaliation underperformed pretty severely, and we think Golding perhaps inadvertently pinned down one big reason: a lack of personality. Snake Eyes can fix that, and reintroduce the franchise by way of an origin flick for its most compelling and unique character.

What is Snake Eyes' release date?

Much like the man himself, the filmmakers behind Snake Eyes have remained largely invisible and silent, which we believe bodes well; Golding, for one, certainly seems to think that the cast and crew are working on a film that will speak for itself. We do know one key detail, however: when we'll get to see the flick. Snake Eyes is slated for wide release on October 23, 2020.

One thing that remains to be seen is whether the film will kick off the new, improved G.I. Joe series that it's intended to. A main series flick tentatively titled  G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant has been in development for some time now, and there's even been talk of developing a shared universe with other Hasbro properties including M.A.S.K., Micronauts, and ROM: Spaceknight (the latter two of which, interestingly enough, also received Marvel Comics adaptations in the '70s and '80s).

For the time being, though, it's likely that Paramount and Hasbro will wait to see how Snake Eyes fares before committing to a long-term strategy for the property. Fortunately, the flick appears to be shaping up quite nicely — and since footage is being shot at this moment, it shouldn't be too long before we get a look.

Is there a trailer for Snake Eyes?

Snake Eyes does not yet have a trailer, but we should be seeing one pretty soon. The trailer is likely to drop in front of one of this summer's inevitable crop of genre movies, and Paramount even has a couple of upcoming releases which would make great candidates. Top Gun: Maverick comes flying into theaters on June 26; dropping the Snake Eyes trailer before the sequel to the 1986 classic would get it in front of a heck of a lot '80s kids (and therefore, G.I. Joe fans).

The studio also releases director Antoine Fuqua's sci-fi/drama Infinite on August 7; considering that this is less than three months before Snake Eyes hits the screen, we'd be shocked if we didn't get a full trailer at this time. Of course, if you're as psyched for Snake Eyes as we are, you may want to bookmark this page — when that trailer drops, you'll be able to check it out right here, and we'll also be regularly updating this post with all the news on the upcoming flick that's fit to report.