Adrianne Palicki Joins ‘G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes’

EXCLUSIVE: Friday Nights Lights series star Adrianne Palicki will play the female lead in the Paramount sequel to G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. She’ll play Lady Jaye and joins a cast that includes Channing Tatum, as well as Dwayne Johnson, who signed on to play the role of Roadblock in the Jon M. Chu-directed film.  Ray Park is expected to reprise his Snake Eyes character, Lee Byung-hun is expected to bring back Storm Shadow, and RZA just joined the film. The studio’s casting quickly; they need the film for next summer because the Star Trek sequel won’t be ready and this rebooted film and World War Z are prime candidates to fill summer slots. The big question is who Paramount sets in the role of the original G.I. Joe, Joe Colton. I’ve heard Bruce Willis as a top choice, but last time I checked the studio was eyeing several actors, insiders said. Script’s by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the Hasbro property.

As for Palicki, she’s free because the Wonder Woman pilot didn’t get picked up. She’ll next be seen starring in Red Dawn and her screen credits include Legion, Women in Trouble and Lone Star. She’s repped by UTA, Anonymous Content and David Fox.

Comments (30)

  • God, I hope they put her in the wonder woman costume.

    Comment by Anonymous — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 9:24am PDT  
  • Where will they film it?

    Comment by G — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 9:25am PDT  
    • New Orleans.

      Comment by cindercity — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 12:19pm PDT  
  • She’s so immensely talented, she deserves this (and bigger things).

    Comment by Alla — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 9:37am PDT  
  • How exactly is this SEQUEL a “reboot”?

    It has several of the same cast members including the leading man…I can’t imagine they also won’t finish up a couple of the wide-open storylines from the prior movie.

    Just because it has a new director and many new faces doesn’t make it a “reboot”. If that were the case, three-quarters of every sequel ever made would be a “reboot.”

    Comment by Doc Michaels — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 9:42am PDT  
    • “Reboot” is the new name for what we all know to be a REMAKE or a SEQUEL. The movie audience is sick of both, so this is the rebranding.

      Another dodge I’ve seen recently is the old “This isn’t a remake, we’re going back to the book/source material” dance. See: “True Grit,” the upcoming Colin Farrell REMAKE of “Total Recall.”

      Comment by semantics — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 2:53pm PDT  
    • Hollywood doesn’t like to color within the lines that they themselves drew.

      Comment by Mad Marcus — Sunday July 3, 2011 @ 5:57am PDT  
  • Lucky for her Wonder Woman didn’t get picked up because it was TERRIBLE!!!! EPIC FAIL! Not her fault, tho.

    Comment by good for her — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 10:10am PDT  
    • How do you know it was a terrible, epic fail? You didn’t even get to see it, douche!

      Comment by stfu — Sunday July 3, 2011 @ 1:54pm PDT  
  • Adrianne Palicki is a convincing beauty and I wish her all the best, so even she is better than GI JOE deserves.

    RISE OF THE COBRA was not even passable, rather one of the worst blockbusters we have ever seen. There is absolutely nothing of value here besides its simple special effects. Audiences remember, and won’t forgive and return for COBRA STRIKES. Shelve this bore!

    Comment by Trailer Guy — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 10:55am PDT  
  • I’m hoping and praying that the reboot is even an average to fair movie, that’s how bad these movies are getting, SHMH

    Comment by hiphopcop — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 11:21am PDT  
  • She is one of the most talented and underrated actors out there. This is a great choice!

    Comment by palickifan — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 11:39am PDT  
  • Is Rachel Nichols on the sequel?

    Comment by JP — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 11:40am PDT  
    • No.

      Comment by cindercity — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 12:20pm PDT  
      • I wish they’d bring Nichols back. She is probably available now since she was fired from Criminal Minds. Just think of the love triangle she could have with Tatum and Palicki!

        Comment by OSUBuck — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 1:07pm PDT  
        • This is what I found odd about the first movie.In the comics and animated series, Scarlett is a love interest for either Duke or Snake Eyes.Yet in the movie, they pair her with Ripcord?

          This new director seems to be more of a fan of the series, so even if Nichols were in the film, I doubt we’d see a Scarlett/Duke Jaye triangle.Flint and Lady Jaye are the most prominent couple in the G.I. Joe universe and it seems unlikely that they wouldn’t be in the film.

          Comment by cindercity — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 2:53pm PDT  
        • And actually there is Duke but no Flynt? Man, what is happening in the world? And even if Ashley Seaver was not my fave in CM (Prentiss is back!!), Rachel was good as Scarlett in the 1st movie.

          Comment by JP — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 2:53pm PDT  
      • Where did you hear that she isn’t attached to the movie? Scarlett’s one of the central characters of the entire G.I. Joe, ARAH concept since it was introduced thirty freaking years ago?!

        Simply put: No Scarlett, no Joe.

        Comment by Rob J. — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 6:32pm PDT  
        • Rachel Nichols, who played Scarlett in the original GI Joe, has tweeted that she hasn’t been asked to return in the sequel/reboot. Which is too bad since Nichols was excellent in the first, Scarlett is a icon in the GI Joe universe–and there were plot threads left from the first film that needed resolution.

          But, Jon Chu (and Paramount) seem to want to go back to the drawing board–and risk losing the fans from the first film, that earned over $300 million!

          By the way: Nichols is having a streak of Bad Luck. First the awful experience (from the fans & show producers) on Criminal Minds, now missing out on continuing what should have been a “franchise role”. Maybe it’s time for her to shop for new managers & agents. She’s too talented to have her career handled this poorly.

          Comment by Derek117 — Saturday July 2, 2011 @ 5:17pm PDT  
  • Friday Night Lights may not have won the awards it richly deserved, but everyone involved seems to be getting great roles. Was it the ultimate showcase show?

    Comment by Tosta — Friday July 1, 2011 @ 12:55pm PDT  
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