Bruce Willis In Talks to Play the Original G.I. Joe

I guess if you’re looking for the original action hero for your movie, you can’t possibly go wrong with Bruce Willis. He is, after all, one of the original Hollywood action heroes.

The “Die Hard” star is currently in negotiations to play the original G.J. Joe, General Joe Colton, the man who assembled the Joes together for the very first time, in Paramount’s sequel to 2009’s less-than well-received “G.I. Joe”. If you’re wondering why there’s going to be a sequel to such a badly received film, here’s a hint: the original has gone on to make $302 million worldwide, and over $70 million from U.S. DVD sales alone. Any more questions?

Jon Chu (of “Step Up” movies fame) is directing the Joe sequel, titled, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”. The sequel brings back Channing Tatum as Duke, Ray Park as Snake Eyes, and Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, but will be adding new castmembers Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock, Elodie Yung as Jinx, Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye, Joseph Mazzello as Mouse, and Ray Stevenson as bad guy Firefly.

Production on “Retaliation” is set for later this month in New Orleans for a June 29, 2012 release.