As news about Stephen Sommers G.I. Joe has been coming out, fan reaction to the news has ranged from the exhilarated (Ray Parks cast as Snake Eyes) to the dismayed (G.I. Joe may be an international U.N. sponsored team?) to the confused (Marlon Wayans cast as Ripcord). To address some of these concerns, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura spoke with IESB.net to assuage the fears of the fans.

To begin with, Bonaventura explained why Marlon Wayans was put in the role of Ripcord:

Well, let's talk about Marlon for a second. A lot of people are fans of his from the comedic point of view obviously for all the right reasons, but what I think everybody forgets about is how damn good he was in Requiem for a Dream as an actor. And, when we were trying to figure out who would be the right element to make this combination work of Duke as the leader and Ripcord as the best friend who sorta gets Duke in trouble all the time and Duke has to bail him out all the time and have fun with him, we needed a guy who's gonna be funny and we needed a guy who was going to be a good actor. And we went to Marlon and said, "We'd love to talk to you." And he's a gigantic GI Joe fan and immediately asked, "is Cobra in it, is Destro in it?" I mean before he even got to read the script he was so much fun to talk to because he understood what it was. So he got it immediately, and when we did the test, you know, we all looked at each other and the studio and there isn't one person who didn't think it was a no-brainer. So, from our point of view, he's playing a military character who's got some real good quips but he's got to be good, he's got to be physical, and I mean Marlon is a strapping guy, he's got good size to him. So, I think the fans will feel, when they see him, that he is playing the solider that they anticipate anyone from the G.I. Joe group to be.