Gordon-Levitt Not Returning As Cobra Commander For G.I. Joe 2
Reported by Jay Cochran - 08:20 AM 2011.05.03
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has revealed in a recent interview with Collider that he will not be reprising his role as Cobra Commander for G.I. Joe 2. It really doesn't come as a big surprise that the young actor who's career really seems to take off in recent years with such films as "(500) Days of Summer", "Inception" and the soon to be released "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" will not return for this next installment of G.I. Joe, which has been plagued with rumors about casting and production crew problems. First there were the problems with the director when it was abruptly announced that Stephen Sommers who helmed the first movie was no longer attached to the movie. After that it was announced that Jon M. Chu had been selected by the studio to replace Sommers, and we started to hear rumors that producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was not happy with the decision and possibly threatening to leave the studio over the matter.
Then there were rumors about how most of the actors from the first movie would not be returning. There were even reports about how actress Sienna Miller (The Baroness) felt she had compromised her 'values' by taking on the role in the first movie. So far the only confirmed cast members from the first movie set to reprise roles in the sequel are Ray Parks (Snake-Eyes), Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow) and Channing Tatum (Duke).
Now it is unclear whether it was Gordon-Levitt's decision not to come back as Cobra Commander or the studios. It may be now that Levitt is a hot commodity, his salary requirements put him out of contention for the role, and the fact is, Cobra Commander is a character that wears a mask which completely covers his face and disguises his voice, it wouldn't be hard to put someone else in the costume to do the job.
Check out the entire interview with Gordon-Levitt below. The second G.I. Joe movie is slated to hit theaters on August 10th, 2012.