It has been made official. Marlon Wayans is in fact reporting for duty in the upcoming G.I. Joe big screen adaptation. According to Variety, he will be playing the character know as Ripcord, leader of his own military unit.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is also in talks to join the project, which is based on a line of Hasbro action figures from the 80s. The story will take place ten years in the future and was written by Stuart Beattie. Stephen Sommers is directing the action-packed film.

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G.I. Joe will begin shooting next month in Los Angeles. August 7th, 2009 as been set as its release date.