Snake Eyes star Henry Golding has revealed a new photo from the set of the G.I. Joe movie. This new image gives fans their first glimpse of how the iconic ninja hero will look in the prequel.
Golding posted the photo on his Instagram account, along with the message, “Because its my birthday today and I’m playing Snake Eyes… Here’s your first look.” Check it out below:
The photo appears to show Golding’s Snake Eyes in full training garb making his way to a temple. Production shifted from Vancouver to Japan in January 2020, so we’re probably seeing a glimpse of a scene where Snake Eyes is training to become a member of the Arashikage Clan.
This photo is also noteworthy because it shows a small glimpse of the character’s unmasked head, a significant deviation from the usual G.I. Joe formula. Golding recently confirmed fans will see Snake Eyes’ face in the movie, describing it as essential in order for fans to connect with the character.
“Snake Eyes was always seen as a weapon, as almost an inanimate object,” said Golding at a press junket. “But when you get to see someone’s eyes you get to see that past, their future, the personality behind that.”
Announced in May 2018, little is known about Snake Eyes at this time, though the film will serve as an origin story for the character and take place before the events of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. In those two previous installments, Snake Eyes was played by Ray Park but for the solo project, he’ll be portrayed by Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding.
In addition to these limited details, the film is also expected to explore Snake Eyes’ lifelong rivalry against Cobra ninja Storm Shadow, who’s played by Andre Koji.
Snake Eyes arrives in theaters Oct. 23.