Haruka Abe has joined the cast of Paramount and Skydance’s “G.I. Joe” spinoff “Snake Eyes,” an individual with knowledge of the deal exclusively tells TheWrap.
Her role is being kept under wraps. “Crazy Rich Asians” breakout Henry Golding is set to play Snake Eyes, “Warrior” headliner Andrew Koji is playing Storm Shadow, and “Money Heist” breakout star Úrsula Corberó has closed a deal to play the Baroness.
“Snake Eyes,” the third live-action film based on the “G.I. Joe” toy line, will focus on the origins of the fan-favorite character known for his masked face, black commando uniform and ninja training. Robert Schwentke, the director of “Red” and “R.I.P.D.,” is set to direct “Snake Eyes” for Paramount and Skydance. The film will be released on Oct. 16, 2020.
“Beauty and The Beast” screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the screenplay, and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner are producing. Jeff Waxman is executive producing. Hasbro and Skydance are co-producing, while MGM is co-financing.
The story centers on Snake Eyes’ origins where he tries to become a member of the Arashikage Clan, a ninja clan based in Japan. According to “G.I. Joe vs. Cobra: The Essential Guide,” the Arashikage worked as shadowy assassins for generations, using deception to earn their keep as ninjas, as well as developing a reputation for being able to perform impossible tasks.
Haruka can be seen in the film “She’s Just a Shadow,” from writer/director Adam Sherman, and in the upcoming BBC One series “Girl/Haji,” opposite Kelly Macdonald and Justin Long. Prior, she recurred on Channel 4’s “Stath Lets Flats” and Netflix’s “Kiss me First.” Haruka also guest-starred on NBC’s “Emerald City” and can be seen opposite Maisie Williams in the Channel 4 TV movie “Cyberbully.”
She is represented by Thruline Entertainment, Sainou in the U.K. and Felker Toczek Suddleson Abramson.