Here we have our very first look at team leader Duke (played by actor Channing Tatum) from the upcoming live-action G.I. Joe film being directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy, Van Helsing) and set to be released late summer 2009:
Not bad I suppose. It’s a little easier picturing Channing Tatum in the role now that we’ve seen him in full costume.
The character’s look is a bit too X-Men for my tastes. Also, judging from what we’ve seen of Scarlett (click here to see), it looks as though we won’t be seeing the Joes in their iconic duds either.
Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Blade II, and this summer’s Hellboy sequel) will direct the film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, the precursor to The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, with Peter Jackson staying on as executive producer this time out.
New Line Cinema and MGM are co-producing the prequel and it’s follow-up, an as yet untitled film that will serve as a narrative bridge between the events of The Hobbit and the first LOTR film, The Fellowship Of The Ring.
Actors Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Hugo Weaving (Lord Elrond) have both expressed interest in reprising their roles for The Hobbit.
I wonder who’ll play the young Bilbo Baggins, as the actor who played the Bilbo in the LOTR, Ian Holm, looks a bit too old for the role.
(Ian Holm actually played a young Bilbo Baggins in the original LOTR trilogy in a scene showing how the One Ring came into his possession.)
I went to see The Forbidden Kingdom, starring martial arts film stars Jet Li and Jackie Chan, with a couple of friends this weekend, and as I predicted, the movie fell short of expectations. I give it a 3 out of 5.
Awhile back I posted a short animated film clip by a fellow named Monty Oum called Dead Fantasy which featured several female Dead Or Alive characters having a giant free-for-all brawl with the ladies of Final Fantasy.
Check out the original clip here. Trust me, it’s well worth watching. The action is beautifully choreographed, over-the-top insanity.