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Snake Eyes’ first trailer gears up for the G.I. Joe reboot

Henry Golding masters the way of the ninja

Austen Goslin (he/him) is an entertainment editor. He writes about the latest TV shows and movies, and particularly loves all things horror.

The G.I. Joe cinematic universe is back with a full reboot, on display in the first trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, which debuted Sunday during the MTV Movie Awards. The new movie will follow the training and early battles of the deadly ninja Snake Eyes, and likely show how he joined the G.I. Joe team.

The trailer keeps things extremely vague, only hinting at the story the movie might follow. We see Snake Eyes, played by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding, as he seems to begin training with the G.I. Joe universe Japanese clan called the Arashikage. With them, Snake Eyes learns how to become a ninja warrior and keep peace in the world. But we don’t get many details on what might be threatening that peace.

Instead, the trailer is full of brief shots of action scenes, like a highway motorcycle chase, a rooftop sword fight in the rain, and a close-quarters gunfight. We also get appearances from a member of Cobra called The Baroness, played by Úrsula Corberó from Money Heist, and Snake Eyes’ likely ally Scarlett, played by Samara Weaving from Ready or Not.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is a completely fresh start for the series’ theatrical universe. The previous big-screen versions of the G.I. Joe universe had two films: 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and 2013’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Neither movie managed to become a smash hit at the box office, or be particularly good, so Paramount decided to retool the series and start over from scratch.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is scheduled to premiere in theaters on July 23.

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