He’s back! Lee Byung-hun who starred as the ninja Storm Shadow in 2009′s G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra will reprise his role for the sequel. According to THR, the casting news was revealed via the actor’s agency, which we find interesting. Why didn’t the studio (Paramount) release the info? Is this legit?

[Spoilers] If you saw Rise of Cobra, you know that Storm Shadow’s fate was sealed with a dramatic drop into a dark hole. He supposedly died at the end of a battle with his former peer Snake Eyes (Ray Park), making him one of the few casualties that the film had to offer. A lot of the other characters were seriously injured or mutilated but left alive.

G.I. Joe 2 is currently in development but no real details have been released regarding the plot. The studio hired Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick to pen the screenplay for the follow up, which won’t be directed by Stephen Sommers. He unfortunately won’t be reprising his role with the film.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra grossed $302 million worldwide, which was more than enough to warrant a sequel. The film also had an open ending that alluded to a new villain.

What do you think of Storm Shadow’s return to G.I. Joe?