Despite all the crap dumped on The Phantom Menace, people seem to universally agree that Ray Park as Darth Maul was one of the best parts of the film. It’s probably why he was given a hero’s welcome at Toronto ComiCon Friday night as he was ushered in to “The Imperial March” with an entourage from the charity cosplayers of the 501st Legion (and one little girl in a Wonder Woman costume). (more…)
There’s probably a long list of Star Warscharacters people are anxious to see return to that galaxy far, far way, and Disney seems ready to give you what you want seeing as how they’re planning on about one Star Wars film per year as soon as the new trilogy kicks off in 2015. Amongst the obvious pickings are the roguish smuggler Han Solo, the bounty hunter Boba Fett and the Sith Lord Darth Maul, but only one of those so far has expressed his interest in returning for a new adventure. Guess which one.
Appearing at Wizard Con (and reported through MTV Geek), actor Ray Park expressed his extreme interest in returning to the Star Wars universe to play Darth Maul, a fan favorite character from Episode I: The Phantom Menace who got a, shall we say, unceremonious ejection from the narrative at the end of the film. To quote directly from Park:
“Just give me food and water, and I’m there.”
But would it be possible? Why not? Maul has appeared several times in Star Wars comics both pre- and post-death, in addition, the character was featured in an episode of the animated Star Wars: Clone Wars. For his part Park says that he wants his dual-bladed lightsaber back, but “with something a little bit spicy.” Park also says that he’d like to go shirtless, in order to show off some more of Maul’s elaborate body art.
No official word yet on whether or not a Maul film is, in fact, in the works, but given the character’s enduring popularity, and the cult status of Park himself, it’s probably definitely in the mix.
In a few more weeks we’ll see the fruit of studio demands to add more action, more 3-D, and more Channing Tatum to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In the meantime, here’s some action-packed footage featuring Tatum, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis.Curiously, a lot of Palicki’s action scenes seem to be more about her looking hot than kicking ass, but hey, whatever.
Here’s the action reel:
Here’s the lot synopsis in case you’ve forgotten:
In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy, Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe characters.
Paramount Pictures Japan has released a short, albeit frenetic and action-packed trailer for the long-awaited and oft-delayed sequel to GI Joe: Rise Of Cobra — GI Joe: Retaliation.
The film, starring D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce, Ray Stevenson, and Channing Tatum…Plus Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis, is due to arrive in theatres March 29th of this year. Fans have waited through a seemingly endless series of delays, setbacks, and reschedulings for the Joes’ second attempt at a live action film: Many are sanguine that Retaliation will make up for the deficiencies of the not unenjoyable, but profoundly uneven GI Joe: Rise of Cobra.
We’ll find out in late March if Retaliation lives up to the hype, and has been worth the fans’ patience.
Paramount has released a pile of character posters today for G.I. Joe Retaliation each one premiering on a different site on the ‘net. Seriously Paramount? You’re going to make me surf back and forth over the internet for these?
While I found 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra very painful to watch, I will not lie. I am really looking forward to this movie. From the trailers to the stills, it looks like a damn fun one.
As for the posters we get Cobra Commander (whole finally looks like Cobra Commander) Snake Eyes (Ray Park), Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee), Jinx (Elodie Yung), Lady Jaye (Adrianne Palicki), Roadblock (played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson), Duke (sadly still played by Channing Tatum) and Bruce Willis, who stars as Bruce Willis.
Hit the thumbs after the jump to view them full size.
NerdBastards has got some new stills from G.I.Joe:Retaliation due in theaters June 29th. Let’s start out with:
G.I.Joe bringing the sexy time, she can rock the ball room as well as the barracks room. (Damn. I felt kinda greasy just writing that.) Now let’s look at two of my favorite Joes, Snake Eyes and Roadblock:
If that wasn’t enough we’ve also got a vehicle shot. Not sure who’s in it but all that white makes me think Storm Shadow. What do you think?
Jon M. Chu directs G.I.Joe:Retaliation, which stars Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung, RZA, DJ Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins and DeRay Davis.
Today Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace returns to theatres in its brand new, 3D release. Episode I is the first of the Star Wars film saga to be re-released in 3D, with the following episodes to be released one per year. This is to the frustration of most Star Wars fans, myself included, who must wait until 2015 to get to the really good movies.
But I’m over such frustrations. I’m over being an angry nerd who gets waaaaay too pissed off about the guy who made the damn movies constantly changing them. The stress can’t be good for me. I need to learn to accept things and not let it get in the way of my love for the Wars.
That’s why when I sat in the theatre last night at midnight, with a substantial crowd for the movie considered to be the worst of all Star Wars movies, I made the commitment to look for the good in The Phantom Menace.
Here are five things about Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace that are, actually, pretty cool.