HOLLYWOOD, Ca. – Director D.J. Caruso told The Hollywood Reporter yesterday that he and producer Brian Goldner have decided to retire Cobra Commander from the upcoming action film ‘G.I. Joe 3.’ Caruso said the Cobra Commander character “feels a bit outdated” and added,”The studio felt it was time to introduce a more modern and relevant villain. After some brainstorming with the cast and senior crew members, we decided to build a character around the ISIS mascot, ‘Jihadi John.'”
Caruso said he wanted the character to resemble the real-life ‘Jihadi John’ as much as possible, but added, “The writers sprinkled in a bit of dark humor so ‘John’ comes off as a rather dopey sociopath.” British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has accepted the role of ‘Jihadi John’ and, according to Caruso, “will bring a ‘Borat’ element to the character.”
Filming for ‘G.I. Joe 3’ is set to begin early this summer. Returning cast members include Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, and Channing Tatum.