Across just three movies released over two years, Henry Golding has already made quite a name for himself.
The Malaysian-British actor starred in 'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'A Simple Favor' and currently plays Emilia Clarke's love interest in 'Last Christmas'. While rom coms have generally been Henry Golding's forte, he turns to the action genre for the first time in his next feature.
Golding will play the titular role in 'Snake Eyes', a spin-off to G.I. Joe. The character is the original commando of the G.I. Joe Team and appeared in the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline in 1982.
The upcoming action movie is the third installment of the 'G.I. Joe' franchise. Robert Schwentke, whose credits include 'RED', 'R.I.P.D.', 'The Captain' and 'Divergent' series instalments 'Insurgent' and 'Allegiant', directs. 'Ready or Not' star Samara Weaving and Iko Uwais of 'The Raid' fame are also signed on.
Snake Eyes was played by Ray Park in the 2009 and 2013 'G.I. Joe' movies but now the character is getting rebooted.
In our interview with Henry Golding, he told us:
“Snake Eyes is absolutely insane, a phenomenal conception of Robert Schwentke and everybody at Paramount. It is the origins story - we’re rebooting G.I. Joe as everybody knows it, starting fresh and giving it much more of a storyline and a character-based story to really kick things off.
“Giving it heart, I think, is what’s most important, especially with the character being so beloved and so mysterious, in many ways. He’s a character that was never able to express himself, so this is the first time where I think people will be drawn to Snake Eyes as a character rather than a weapon.”
The film is due to hit cinemas October 2020 and Golding reveals they are hard at work shooting now.
He said: “I’m on Day 19, we’re in Vancouver right now. We’ve been filming these insane action sequences and we’ve got a crack team from Japan and Vancouver on board. It really is wonderfully shot. I’m so excited to be able to share more but I can’t. But do keep eyes out there!”
Did he mean to make a 'Snake Eyes' pun? We’re saying yes.
You can watch the full interview below: