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Marlon Wayans Is Indeed in the film!

January 7, 2008

Source: Variety

About a few weeks ago, blackfilm.com had reported that Marlon Wayans had been offered the part of 'Heavy Duty' in the live action film version of 'G.I Joe'. Then the trades (Variety and The Hollywood Reporter) debunked that story when Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje of TV's Lost was cast in that role.

Now, it seems that we were was half right in that Wayans will indeed be in the film, but will play another role, 'Ripcord', leader of the military unit.

According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also in negotiations to join the tentpole, which is based on the American soldier action figure created by Hasbro. Gordon-Levitt will play Duke Hauser's best friend. He is the science officer assigned to the Special Forces unit. The role of Hauser is still uncast.

The war-themed story is set 10 years in the future. Stuart Beattie penned the screenplay, while Paul Lovett & David Elliot and Skip Woods contributed earlier drafts.

The Stephen Sommers-helmed film is set to start shooting next month in Los Angeles. Rachel Nichols, Sienna Miller, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Said Taghmaoui have already joined the cast.

Paramount will release the film on Aug. 7, 2009


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