The best thing about Fast Five might be the way that it might bring Dwayne Johnson back from the Tooth Fairy / Race To Witch Mountain hellhole that he's been in recently. We want more ass-kicking Rock, less family-friendly Rock, or, at least, I do. It's looking increasingly like we might get our wish, although it might not be in a format that we would like, as Deadline is reporting that Mr. DJ is in talks to join G.I. Joe 2, which is apparently going to be directed by Jon M. Chu, director of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
That's all still early talk, of course, so it might not work out, but it looks like Johnson would be playing a character named Roadblock, whom I don't remember from the old G.I. Joe cartoons, but then I barely remember anything about them. Also in talks to return is Channing Tatum, because god forbid they actually stick with actors who are both competent and charismatic.
They might be a bit lonely, though; a few months ago it was reported by Cinematical that G.I. Joe 2 would remove most of the original cast from the sequel, with only Duke, Snake Eyes, and Storm Shadow figuring seriously in the follow-up, meaning that characters like Ripcord, Hawk, The Baroness, and Cobra himself would not be reappearing. A slimmed-down G.I. Joe 2 with a new creative team seems like a wise idea; G.I. Joe was definitely one of the most laughably bad films of 2009. Whether or not Dwayne Johnson can single-handedly make the sequel interesting is something we'll find out next summer: Paramount's interested in speeding the film into a summer 2012 slot that might wind up getting vacated by Star Trek 2, which is reportedly a longshot to be ready by next year.