Dwayne Johnson is a busy man. In addition to his ongoing HBO series, Ballers, The Rock has a dozen films in various stages of production. He’s preparing to become the DCEU’s Black Adam, prepping to be Doc Savage in the announced comic book adaptation and, of course, headlining Hobbs and Shaw, a Fast and the Furious spinoff set to go into production later this year. Now it looks like he can add one more major project to the list as Paramount Pictures is looking to position the dynamic entertainer at the center of their floundering G.I. Joe franchise by making him the lead in G.I. Joe: Ever Vigilant, set to be released March 27, 2020.
Working off a script from the writing duo of Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol), the film is set to see Johnson’s Roadblock, who first appeared in 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, assemble a new team of Joes to stop terrorists from launching a dark matter WMD that will turn their targets to dust! A third G.I. Joe film has been in development for years and many versions of it have come and gone; this, most recent, iteration is expected to join the previously announced Micronauts film and a Rom film, currently being developed by Zak Penn, in a shared cinematic universe. Of course there’s every chance that this film won’t make it into production and join the others on the scrap pile, so we thought it would be interesting to share some details about which Joes Roadblock would out to assemble and the identity of those pesky terrorists.
Tomax and Xamot Paoli:
Corsican twins, the Paoli brothers will be the film’s main antagonists. While Tomax will do his work as a ruthless politician, his more unhinged and scarred twin Xamot will take care of the dirty work. Fans will remember the two were high-ranking Cobra officials and headed the Crimson Guard for a time and while we’re not entirely sure what part Cobra will play in the larger plot, we are told to expect a cameo from Cobra Commander!
As for the team that Roadblock will assemble, it seems that Appelbaum and Nemec really hit the books and are giving us a mix of some newer Joes along with some great old timers that should provide nostalgic 80’s kids with plenty to smile about. The script calls for the returns of Scarlet, Snake Eyes and General Joe Colton and a whole slew of new recruits.