Dwayne Johnson has entered talks to join the cast of G.I. Joe 2 aka G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes.
Deadline reports that the ex-wrestler is up for the role of Roadblock. In the original comics, Roadblock is a bad-ass African-American who serves the dual role as the Joe’s machine gunner and, uh, chef.
Further boosting G.I. Joe 2 ’s muscle index count is Channing Tatum, who starred in the first film and is in talks to reprise his role of Duke for the sequel.
Tatum is just one of three characters from 2009’s G.I. Joe movie tipped to return for the next installment, with Storm Shadows (Lee Byung-hun) and Snake Eyes (Ray Park) both joining him.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe , has confirmed that he won’t be back for the follow-up – and after that hit-and-miss first film (which had him in a mask for most of the running time anyway), we don’t blame him.
G.I. Joe 2 is apparently now a priority for Paramount. With JJ Abrams confirming that he wants to make Star Trek 2 his next project, the studio is apparently taking the sequel off their 2012 slate to give Abrams more time to do it right.
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes opens August 2012.