In the midst of all the casting speculation for the big-budget version of Hasbro's G.I. Joe
, I don't quite think fans expected to hear this name pop up first. Variety
reports that Sienna Miller
has officially become first actor to sign for the Stephen Sommers
) film. Nothing has been simple with this film; starting back in June
when it was reported that Paramount had ordered two different scripts for the film, only to do away with one entirely and then hire a brand new script writer
. According to Variety
, the story will center on, "Brussels-based GI OE, an acronym for the Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, and revolves around an international co-ed force of operatives who use high-tech equipment to battle Cobra, an evil org headed by a Scottish arms dealer".
So how might Miller fit into the story, you may ask? According to Variety
, she will play "raven-haired baroness and sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage" -- which is probably a compendium of some of Joe's more famous leading ladies. But considering Miller's history as a model, you think they would have made her Cover Girl
Most of the casting is still up in the air for the film, despite some of the goofy rumors floating around; at one time or another Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney
, and Jason Statham
were all attached to the project. But, Miller gets the distinction of being the first actor to officially sign on to a big-screen version of a toy commercial. Paramount hopes to begin shooting this February. G.I. Joe
is set for release on August 7th, 2009.