Exclusive: Who Might Be Back for G.I. Joe 3 and Why It Hasn’t Started Production

Byung-Hun Lee as Storm Shadow who will return for G. I. Joe 3

Byung-Hun Lee as Storm Shadow who will return for G. I. Joe 3

It has been over three years since G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and while there has been talk about Paramount bringing the Joes into a Shared Universe with a couple other Hasbro-based properties, specifically Micronauts, Rom and M.A.S.K., we haven’t heard much else about a possible third movie directed by DJ Caruso, whose latest movie The Disappointments Room, was just released on Friday.

It’s been reported that the new movie would continue to focus on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in his lead role as Roadblock, and in fact it’s Johnson’s busy schedule that has kept Paramount from setting a release date for the third installment, following Retaliation director Jon M. Chu’s departure from directing the third movie.

When LRM spoke with actor Byung-Hun Lee recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, he confirmed that they are waiting for Johnson before deciding when to start filming or setting a release date.

“I heard from the studio that there’s a possibility to do the third one, but I think they’re waiting for the actors’ schedules,” he told us. “They’re arranging the schedules for the actors, especially Dwayne Johnson.”

Presumably, Lee himself will be returning as Storm Shadow, but Lee told us that he and Ray Park, who plays Storm Shadow’s nemesis Snake Eyes, actually do talk quite frequently about more things they might want to do together. (In other words, they haven’t been that “silent” during their “interlude” between films.)

“Him and I always talk about those kinds of ideas and some other projects and what if we do some things. We always talk, but it’s just talk.”

Next, you can see Lee as one of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven, plus he has two more Korean films coming up in the next few months. (He also told us that he makes a cameo in his The Good, the Bad, the Weird director Jee-woon Kim’s new film The Age of Shadows, which will be released in the States fairly soon.)

Look for our full interview with Lee sometime in the next couple weeks before The Magnificent Seven opens on Friday, September 23.

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