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Published On: Tue, Apr 24th, 2012

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson talks ‘GI Joe: Retaliation’

From wrestling to action star, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson will now join a new team: G.I. Joe. The “Fast and Furious ” star spoke to Entertainment Weekly about “G. I. Joe: Retaliation.”

Johnson immediately described a different picture than the 2009 film.

“…this one is creatively much different [from the first]. It’s rooted, it’s grounded, it’s real. The studio came to me and I loved the idea of starring in the movie because I grew up on G.I. Joe and it’s a massive property. I spoke to the studio and they told me about the creative shift that they wanted to make with the movie, which made it easy for me to sign on.”

The Rock summed up “Retaliation” in simple terms.

“The Cobra command is trying to take over the world. I emerge as the leader. I go get Bruce Willis and we start kicking a– all over the place and stopping that!”

He added that there are connections between the two films.

“There are some plot connections with the first and the second. I’ll tell you this: Out of great tragedy often emerges new leaders and, through a great tragedy that takes place with the Joes. New leaders emerge.”

Johnson plays Roadblock, which he describes as….well:

“In the mythology of G.I. Joe, Roadblock is the glue that holds the Joes together. The added layer to that for me was to make him a B.A.M.F. You know what that means?”

Fans certainly know what that means.

Check out the rest of the great interview over at EW here.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation stars Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki, Channing Tatum, Walton Goggins, Ray Park, Byung-hun Lee, Elodie Yung, RZA, Ray Stevenson and D.J. Cotrona.

Here is the  official synopsis and new images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, courtesy of Stark Industries:

A follow-up to the 2009 release of G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, which grossed over $300M worldwide, Paramount Pictures, MGM and Skydance Productions, in association with HASBRO and di Bonaventura Pictures, commences production on G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. In this sequel, the G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra; they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence. The film stars D.J. Cotrona, Byung-hun Lee, Ray Park, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce, RZA, Ray Stevenson, Channing Tatum with Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. Directed by Jon M. Chu, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner, from a screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick based on Hasbro’s G.I. Joe(R) characters, the film is scheduled to be released on June 29,2012.

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in “GI Joe: Retaliation”

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