Yesterday evening 'G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra' actress Rachel Nichols revealed on Twitter (via /Film) that her character, Shana 'Scarlett' O'Hara, would not be returning for the currently untitled sequel. And not only is Scarlett out of the picture, but so are Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), Baroness (Sienna Miller), Hawk (Dennis Quaid), Zartan (Arnold Vosloo), Heavy Duty (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and Cobra himself, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (no shocker there considering JGL's Hollywood star has risen considerably since the first film hit only two years ago).
That means the only characters fighting the good fight in 'G.I. Joe 2' will be Duke (Channing Tatum), Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Storm Shadow (Byung-hun Lee). And this is really not a very surprising move considering the first film underperfomed at the box office, causing Paramount to replace the original's director Stephen Sommers with 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' director Jon Chu. It's also not a terribly crippling move, either, given 'G.I. Joe' has plenty of other characters to introduce in a new film.
However, if you're one of the few people who did have a blast with Sommers' over-the-top brand of CGI-dripping action, it's probably just a little disappointing to hear the casting pool is being drained and refilled for a second go.
Of course that just opens us up to play the speculation game as to who should be in 'G.I. Joe 2.' So have at it: Who would you like to see pop-up in the sequel? And if some of the originals do stick around but with new faces, who would you like to see play them?