Saturday, February 16, 2008

NEWS FLASH: First Photo from Channing Tatum's New Movie 'G.I. Joe'

We know for sure that Channing Tatum's new movie 'G.I. Joe' has started filming, because the movie site IESB.net posted the very first picture from the set a few days ago. It's obviously not Channing Tatum, who plays the lead character Duke Hauser, but it is a photo of his co-star Dennis Quaid who plays General Hawk in the film.

Hopefully we'll soon get a glimpse of Channing on the Los Angeles, California set at the Paramount lot. Stay tuned and I promise to post any new pictures as soon as they are released.

The movie news site LatinoReview.com also released this week that veteran actor Johnathan Pryce (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Leatherheads) has been cast in the role of the President of the United States, which is a small but integral part in the film.

And finally, here's a plot summary I found for the movie and it gives a really good explanation of Channing's character Duke Hauser:

The movie will be a modern telling of the "G.I. Joe vs. Cobra" storyline and its compelling characters that Hasbro created 25 years ago. The premise of this fantasy is the story of the G.I. Joe team, led by Duke, and their "fight for freedom wherever there is trouble" against the evil Cobra Commander and his Cobra force. This storyline was an instant hit with kids in the early 1980s, spawning a highly popular 3-3/4-inch action figure line, comic book collection and animated series.

The G.I. Joe team will not be based in Brussels. Instead, they will be based out of the "Pit" as they were throughout the 1980s comic book series. And, in keeping with the G.I. Joe vs. Cobra fantasy, the movie will feature characters and locations from around the world. Duke, the lead character and head of the G.I. Joe team, will embody the values of bravery and heroism that the first generation of G.I. Joe figures established.

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