With the summer movie season well underway, so are adrenaline-rush action films. Amidst the return of Fast and Furious’ high-octane car chases with F9 or the Marvel Cinematic Universe making its comeback this week with Black Widow, we can look forward to the G.I. Joe spinoff film Snake Eyes. The movie will be loaded with sword and martial arts fights and the movie’s star Henry Golding has shared an early look at what to expect from the flick.
The Crazy Rich Asians breakout star trained hard to portray Snake Eyes for the upcoming movie. He recently took to Instagram to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at what rehearsal looked like ahead of filming one of the movie’s intense sequences. Check it out below,
Whew. That’s a lot of sick moves Henry Golding is pulling off. As the set video shows, the actor worked with a number of talented stunt performers himself when taking on the G.I. Joe character. During the video, you can see the actor is nailing all the moves as he uses a sword to fight off a group of guys. While it looks like a real fight when we see it on the big screen, it’s actually a choreographed sequence practiced over and over until the team gets it right.
Henry Golding posted the video along with saying “drill it till you’re raw” – perhaps a motto of sorts on the set. The actor said Snake Eyes had “some of the best stunt performers from around the world” on the set to share their wisdom with him. He is proud of his work on the project and with just over two weeks until the movie is released, Golding is getting hyped to share it with theater-going audiences. Check out the latest Snake Eyes trailer below:
When Golding first took on the lead role of Snake Eyes, the actor admitted it was a “painful” process due to all the physical work involved on set. As he previously recalled his first impressions in the role:
It’s definitely much more of a martial arts film than a superhero movie. It’s very, very physical. I fucking hated it in the beginning because I couldn’t even squat down and go to the bathroom. The first week was literal hell. I think I cried on the phone to my manager. I was like: ‘I don’t know what I’m doing!’
Henry Golding is just getting started in Hollywood really. The 34-year-old got his start in movies in 2018 as the leading man in Crazy Rich Asians and has since been nabbing roles left and right, including with Last Christmas and The Gentlemen. Snake Eyes will be his biggest role yet, as he is taking on a well-known action character and taking on top billing for the first time in his career.
Snake Eyes will explore the origins of the sword-wielding martial artist and his relationship with his famed rival Storm Shadow. The movie hits theaters on July 23.