One of the biggest gaps in G.I. Joe: Retaliation in many fans’ opinions was the lack of Scarlett among the main cast of characters. I think we all know by now that the creative team was looking to “tie up” some loose ends, but among any complaints fans had about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Rachel Nichols as Scarlett wasn’t generally among them.
Scott Neumyer spoke with Nichols on behalf of Parade Magazine about her new film Raze, but managed to sneak in some G.I. Joe questions, and as one might expect, the female star seems eager to reprise her role as the “First Lady” of G.I. Joe:
“Any chance you might be back for the third installment?
You know, that was a real heartbreak for me and I’ve always been really honest about it. They went through a regime change at Paramount between the first movie and the second movie, and you can see that with the cast and the fact that not a lot are back, but I was really heartbroken. I had a blast on that movie.”
G.I. Joe: Retaliation director Jon Chu has made many references to the Scarlett character in various interviews about the possible direction of the third film, and I think tying Nichols back into the story could make for a really great arc tying the three films together. Time will tell, but it’s exciting to see that Rachel Nichols is open to it.
Thanks to Scott Neumyer for bringing up the G.I. Joe topic. He’s a great writer, and you can check out his work on Twitter and various online outlets throughout the web.
I know there is mixed reactions about G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, and even myself, an unabashed fanboy, can find severe faults with it. That being said, a lot of the technology designs and concept work was flat out incredible, and seemed to fit very well within a G.I. Joe vs. Cobra science fiction aesthetic. Perhaps some pushed the boundaries a little bit, but there were still things to love about other elements.
Starbuck dug up some great concept work from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra designer Christopher Ross, and you can check it out at his website right here. Included is some preliminary work for the Accelerator Suits as well as the nanomite rocket launchers, Scarlett’s crossbow…and well, a metric ton of stuff, honestly. One really interesting piece was something called “The Warrior” which has elements from the Accelerator Suit, but beyond that is pretty unrecognizable as a used concept.
I’ve mirrored some of the images below, but definitely check out Christopher Ross’ website for more details. Big thanks to Starbuck for digging this up.
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First and foremost, big thanks to Glumby who so kindly gave me access to this very rare and highly sought after pre-production piece! As we all know there isn’t enough G.I. Joe: Retaliation product for me to push forward on these daily reviews for the next 24 days, so I’m getting a little creative here.
Initially I had asked for the figure so I could do a comparison shot for my FSS Jinx review, but since I had it… again, thanks to Glumby for the assist!
You can check out the review in my Pursuit of Cobra Review Page (in the “pre-production section) or at the direct link below:
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is the gift that keeps on giving. Even if you didn’t like the game a whole lot, it has offered a wealth of great concept art to enjoy. Friend of the site notpicard has come across another slate of concept art from Darran Hurlbut, which features some characters and some environments seen in the game. Big thanks to him for passing the info along.
Check it out at DarranArt.Blogspot.com or I’ve also mirrored images below.
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Come on, I don’t need to put a spoiler warning up there do I? These figures were shipped a few weeks ago, and I’m figuring by this point everyone knows what the second installment of the FSS was. Continuing on my week-long review frenzy, the latest two G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club Figure Subscription Service figures have been added to the review archive!
You can check out my G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club review section, or just hit up the links below.