Bruce Willis is in negotiations to play the original Joe in Paramount's G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation.

In the sequel, Bruce Willis would play General Joe Colton, the man who in 1980s comic books starts the G.I. Joe strike team, called the ultimate freedom fighting force, and got the handle G.I. Joe.

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Jon M. Chu is directing the project, which stars Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and RZA.

Production begins later this month in New Orleans.