When will the new G.I. Joe movie start production? Who knows? But through various sources we’ve heard who will and won’t return for the follow up. A few weeks ago we learned that Byung-hun Lee would reprise his role as Storm Shadow, and actor Channing Tatum has expressed interest in once again playing team leader Duke. Co-star Rachel Nichols, who starred as Scarlett in the film has taken to Twitter to announce what characters will appear in the sequel and surprisingly, she’s not one of them!

From Nichols Twitter via /Film

“GI JOE 2 News Flash: The only characters to return in the JON CHU directed sequel will be SNAKE EYES, STORM SHADOW, and DUKE…”

This is an interesting post considering the actress has admitted that she hasn’t read the script for the sequel. She must have received a call straight from the studio saying that her services wouldn’t be needed. The screenplay for G.I. Joe 2 has been completed by scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and the studio recently hired Jon M. Chu to direct the film.

We find it strange that they would cut such core G.I. Joe team members as Ripcord (Marlon Wayans), Scarlett (Nichols), and even General Abernathy aka Hawk (Dennis Quaid). It also doesn’t make sense that [Spoilers for the first film] they set it up so Destro and “The Doctor” (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) would be the villains in the sequel only for them not to return.

If this is the true roster of characters for the next movie, we say: FAIL.

What do you think of this mess? Do you think the casting is legit? If so, why?