LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The “G.I. Joe” brigade is growing larger. Rachel Nichols (“P2”), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (“Lost”) and Said Taghmaoui (“The Kite Runner”) will join Sienna Miller and Ray Park in the live-action movie based on the popular military doll and its comic-book and cartoon series spinoffs.
Stephen Sommers is directing “G.I. Joe,” which is slated for an August 2009 release via Paramount Pictures.
The cartoon series featured military soldiers fighting a terrorist group called Cobra, with characters like the mute ninja Snake Eyes (Park) on the side of the good guys.
This latest version has G.I. JOE, which stands for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, as an international force of operatives set in Brussels.
Nichols will play a skilled martial artist who specializes in hand-to-hand combat and counterintelligence. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play an ordnance expert, and Taghmaoui the team’s communications specialist. Miller will play the Baroness, known for her espionage skills.