Ray Stevenson is villain Firefly in G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes

Rome actor joins action sequel

It's fair to say that G.I. Joe didn't enjoy a great deal of critical love.

By rights, nobody should be getting too excited about the prospect of a sequel, but the cast that director Jon Chu is putting together is pretty hard to ignore.

Ray Stevenson, most recently seen as Volstagg in Thor, has joined the cast as villain Firefly.

Stevenson has starred in Punisher: War Zone and The Other Guys, but he's still best known for his role as rowdy soldier Titus Pullo in TV show Rome.

He joins Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson in the sequel, as well as the recently cast Adrianne Palicki. Bruce Willis' name has also been bandied about, but his involvement remains a rumour.

The movie is further distanced from its predecessor by the fact Tatum seems to be the only cast member returning (although Lee Byung-hun and Ray Park have also been mooted to be coming back).

Here's hoping that G.I. Joe 2 can deliver some more impressive action, a leaner plot and, in the form of Stevenson, a more threatening villain than the limp first instalment managed.

G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes is expected to arrive in summer 2012.

Will the involvement of Stevenson and Dwayne Johnson have you buying a ticket for G.I. Joe 2? Or will you be steering well clear of this one regardless? Talk to us!


    • Ali1748

      Jul 9th 2011, 17:00

      I'll think you'll find his real name is Titus Pullo of the XIII legion.

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    • writerdave87

      Jul 10th 2011, 1:23

      Interesting, I thought Firefly was meant to be black?

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    • MattMorris

      Jul 11th 2011, 8:13

      Anybody know if there is any truth in the rumour that Ray Stevenson is the first choice to play Jack Reacher ahead of Tom Cruise? It's just that he looks like the character. Tom cruise is about a foot shorter and 50 pounds lighter than Jack Reacher

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