After the whole leaked photo debacle, I was worried we would have to wait a really long time before Paramount would release promotional photos for Channing Tatum's upcoming live-action movie 'G.I. Joe'. Since the production wrapped filming at the Downey, California set this week, the studio decided to open their doors to a select group of media outlets, and they let those same media outlets release exclusive photos of the cast yesterday.
The reporters were given an opportunity to visit the enormous Downey, California set of Paramounts' 'G.I. Joe' this past Monday. They were even allowed to watch Channing Tatum (Duke) and Sienna Miller (The Baroness) shoot an action scene during their visit.
Their tour was conducted by mega-producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura who recently gave an indepth interview to Collider about 'G.I. Joe'. They also interviewed Sienna Miller, Channing Tatum and Ray Park (Snake Eyes), and the studio will allow them to release the interviews when we get closer to the film's August 7, 2009 theatrical release.
The media outlets were practically sworn to secrecy, so they are not allowed to give away too many details about their tour. In return, the studio has now allowed each of them to release an exclusive photo of cast members and give a little bit of detail about the sets they saw. As G.I. Joe says, "Knowing is half the battle.", so here's what we know...
Before it's latest incarnation into a film set, Downey Studios was used to construct vehicles of flight like small bi-planes during the 1930's and to construct military aircraft during WWII. Later NASA used the location to build different vehicles for the Apollo Space Program and to build of the Space Shuttles Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavor.
They were allowed to tour various sets, including Destro's M.A.R.S Arctic Headquarters. The M.A.R.S. sets consisted of the Submarine Docking area, The Doctors Laboratory, The Diving Bell Room, Entry Way to the Diving Bell, Destro's Submarine, the Control Room to the M.A.R.S Secret Arctic Headquarters and a giant ice cave that leads to the super secret M.A.R.S Arctic Base. They also visited part of the M.A.R.S. Weapon factory located in an ex-Soviet state (the legitimate part of Destro's operations).
As far as the G.I. Joe sets were concerned, their tour included a yet-to-be-named Joe Submarine, a small two man submarine called a "SHARC" (Submersible High-speed Attack and Reconnaissance Craft), the cargo area of a troop transport and the remains of the Urban Combat Level of The Pit.
Based on the action figures created by Hasbro, director Stephen Sommers' cast also includes Dennis Quaid (General Hawk), Ray Park (Snake Eyes), Marlon Wayans (Ripcord), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Rex), Rachel Nichols (Scarlett), Arnold Vosloo (Zartan), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Heavy Duty), Said Taghmaoui (Breaker), Chris Eccleston (Destro), and Byung-hun Lee (Storm Shadow).
You can see the official photos for most of the main characters below, including the previously released photos of Scarlet and Snake Eyes. Enjoy!
IGN: The Baroness
COMING SOON: Heavy Duty
COLLIDER: General Hawk
LATINO REVIEW: Storm Shadow
DARK HORIZONS: Breaker
After production wrapped for 'G.I. Joe' at the Downey set on Monday, Channing headed to an orchard near of Madison, Wisconsin to film his role as Pretty Boy Floyd in the upcoming Johnny Depp movie 'Public Enemies'. This week he also heads to Prague with most of the 'G.I. Joe' cast and crew for the next month or so to finish filming the movie in the Czech Republic.
'G.I. Joe' will have it's theatrical release August 7, 2009. You can CLICK HERE to get all of the current international release dates for the film.