di Bonaventure On “G.I. Joe,” “RED” Sequels

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura tells MTV News that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character Roadblock in the “G.I. Joe” sequel looks to be taking center stage.

di Bonaventura says “It’s a full-on lead role. In a way, he and Snake-Eyes, their stories are really dynamic and very important. (Dwayne Johnson) is such a great character to have in ‘G.I. Joe 2.’ It’s an amazing combination. We would not be very good if we didn’t fully utilize him, so he’s going to have a lot of things to do. It is an ensemble movie, so you have other characters certainly playing it out.”

He adds “The ninja fans are going to love it. There’s a tremendous amount of it. What’s interesting is, we both have that going on in the Snake-Eyes story, but we’ve found a way to bring that element into the Joes’ story. I think anybody who’s a fan of dark, in the middle of the night [action with] a dangerous foe arriving, this is a movie for you.”

Shooting on “G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes” begins later this summer.

The producer also revealed that plans are still well underway on a sequel to last year’s action comedy “RED”, but they want to bring in some new faces to join all the returning alum like Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich.

“We’ll bring in one or two characters that’ll play a really big part – maybe three, but definitely one or two. Sometimes there’s a tendency to want to do too much of a good thing so you don’t really service anything, so we’re really trying to stay focused on our core crew with one or two new additions.”