In the first piece of news that  suggests G.I Joe 2 isn’t going to be direct to DVD, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in talks to play Roadblock. Variety broke the news :

Fresh off “Fast Five,” Dwayne Johnson is back in action, talking with Paramount about a role in the sequel to “G.I. Joe.” Jon Chu, who brought “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” to the world, is directing the 3D update, titled “G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes.” Johnson will play Roadblock, one of the most prominent African-Americans in the G.I. Joe canon, and among the biggest and strongest.

Here’s the character description from the G.I. Joe Wiki

Within the heart of a man lies the desire to become a gourmet chef. You wouldn’t know that by looking at Roadblock. With his size and brawn, he can carry a .50 Browning machine gun with accompanying 50 lbs. ammo and still endure the powerful recoils. That fact alone is enough to scare the enemy. In actuality, he’s one of the most amiable members of the Joe Team and a great source of camaraderie. Aside from his impressive strength, he could take your K-rations and whip up something more appetizing. Roadblock was setting to go to France’s Escoffier School by working as a bouncer until a recruiter convinced him the Army can train him just as well. He was appalled by the menu and preparation techniques in the Army kitchen that he requested a transfer. And that is how Roadblock got into infantry.

The scent of whatever the Rock is cookin’ can’t possibly overpower the stench of suck left over from the first movie. But, admittedly, the casting actually makes me want to see the sequel. Dammit.

G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes is scheduled for release August 10, 2012 and is rumored to also return Lee Byung-hun (Storm Shadow), Ray Park (Snake Eyes) and Channing Tatum (Duke).

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