‘Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins’ Trailer: Henry Goulding Suits Up As The Popular Ninja Commando

It’s been eight years since Paramount dropped GI Joe: Retaliation as the biggest, most starry attempt to get the popular toy line as recognized on the big screen as their Transformers counterparts. That film was only a marginal success, and so all of this time later they’re going in a different direction with focus on the most popular Joe of all: the ninja commando Snake Eyes.

The first trailer for Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins debuted last night during the MTV Movie Awards. Henry Goulding, who broke out in Crazy Rich Asians, takes on the role of Snake Eyes in an origin story of his elite training as part of the Arashikage ninja clan. The film may show us how that leads to his joining of the GI Joe squad, as his future love Scarlett also appears in the film, played by Samara Weaving.

Andrew Koji plays his rival Storm Shadow, with Ursula Corbero as Baroness, Iko Uwais as Hard Master, Peter Mensah as Blind Master, Haruka Abe as Akiko, and Takehiro Hira as Kenta.

Ray Park played Snake Eyes in the previous two GI Joe films, but since he never took the mask off (he almost never does in the comics or cartoon) the switch to Goulding should work out pretty well. While this trailer is only about a minute long, it does promise a ton of action from director Robert Schwentke, no stranger to it from his work on Red, two Divergent films, and RIPD.

Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins opens July 23rd, then will move to Paramount+ at a later date.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.