We already told you about IESB's little chat with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, but that chat also included a bunch of tidbits regarding the upcoming G.I. Joe flick. (Side note: Does anyone really care about this film? Yeah, I loved the action figures and all, but I'm not excited about this for some reason. Maybe the 2008 hype machine has finally worn me down?) Lots of stuff is talked about, including the decision to cast Marlan Wayans in the role of Ripcord. Bonaventura says, " A lot of people are fans of his from the comedic point of view obviously for all the right reasons, but what I think everybody forgets about is how damn good he was in Requiem for a Dream as an actor. And, when we were trying to figure out who would be the right element to make this combination work of Duke as the leader and Ripcord as the best friend who sorta gets Duke in trouble all the time and Duke has to bail him out all the time and have fun with him, we needed a guy who's gonna be funny and we needed a guy who was going to be a good actor."
On when we'll be hearing who was cast as Destro: "Within the next two weeks, I will comfortably tell you that. We don't have a guy chosen, we have the list down to about 4 or 5. All of them are of the English, Irish, Scottish persuasion shall we say." Same goes for the casting of Zartan, as well as Hawk. They then talked a bit about story, which Bonaventura described via this interesting analogy: "If you would you say the original GI Joe movie was like the original Batman movie with Jack Nicholson then I would say this is like Batman Begins." You can head on over to IESB to read more from their interview with Bonaventura; G.I. Joe is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters in August of 2009.