The film will feature the G.I. Joe Team coming into a conflict with Zartan, Storm Shadow and Firefly all serving under the newly released Cobra Commander. Zartan (who is last seen in disguise as the President of the United States) frames all G.I. Joe operatives as traitors and wipes most of the joes out with a sneak attack, leaving only Duke, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Flint and Lady Jaye. Zartan now has all the world leaders under Cobra control, with warheads headed towards innocent populaces. Badly beaten, out numbered, and outgunned the Joes make a desperate plan to expose the truth and stop Cobra from taking over the world.
- Bruce Willis as General Joseph Colton
- Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock
- D.J. Cotrona as Flint
- Lee Byung-hun as Storm Shadow
- Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye
- Ray Park as Snake Eyes
- Jonathan Pryce as the President of the United States
- Ray Stevenson as Firefly
- Channing Tatum as Duke
- Arnold Vosloo as Zartan
- RZA as Blind Master
- Elodie Yung as Jinx
- Joseph Mazzello as Mouse
- Walton Goggins as Warden Nigel James
- Robert Catrini as the Israeli President
- Luke Bracey as Cobra Commander
In January 2011, it was confirmed that Lee Byung-hun will reprise his role as Storm Shadow in the sequel. Channing Tatum and Ray Park are also returning to the film as Duke and Snake Eyes, respectively. Rachel Nichols, the actress who played Scarlett in the first film, said that most cast members will not be returning, except for the three aforementioned actors. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also confirmed that he will not be returning as Cobra Commander in the sequel.
In June 2011, Stephen Martines was cast as Cross-Country, Dwayne Johnson was cast as Roadblock, D.J. Cotrona and rapper RZA were cast as Flint and Blind Master respectively, while Elodie Yung was in talks for the role of Jinx. In July 2011, Adrianne Palicki was confirmed for the lead female role of Lady Jaye, and Ray Stevenson was confirmed to portray the villain Firefly. Arnold Vosloo also confirmed that he would reprise his role of Zartan, and Joseph Mazzello was confirmed to play Mouse. In August 2011, it was confirmed that Bruce Willis was cast to star in the film.
Filming began in August 2011 in Louisiana. In September, a casting call sheet leaked to the Internet revealed that Cobra Commander would appear in the sequel, though it was unknown who will play the character. Ray Park also revealed that Snake Eyes' pet wolf, Timber, would be appearing in the sequel.
On November 22, 2011, a crew member died in an accident at a New Orleans warehouse that was serving as a sound stage for the production. The incident happened while crew members were changing out a set. A trailer for the film was released online on December 12, 2011.
On December 12, 2011, the premiere trailer for the film was released on YouTube exclusively from Machinima.com. The trailer itself features a remix of the White Stripes' song Seven Nation Army by The Glitch Mob.
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