I recently had the honor of speaking with Andrew Koji, Haruka Abe, and Ursula Corbero, who are three of the highlights in the recently released SNAKE EYES: GI Joe Origins. While Henry Golding leads the show as the title character, he is ably supported by these three artists, who certainly make an impression when on screen.
Andrew Koji plays Thomas “Tommy” Arashikage, also known as Storm Shadow. The character is a skilled member and heir to the Arashikage Clan, an ancient Japanese ninja clan. He starts out as a friend and brother-in-arms of Snake Eyes, but those who know G.I. Joe he knows that Storm Shadow will eventually become his arch enemy. This is Andrew Koji’s first major studio film, but it will certainly be recognizable to fans of the series. Warrior, where he plays the lead role of Ah Sahm. Koji is a skilled martial artist and stuntman and he certainly brings those assets to the role while also giving his character one of the best bows in the movie. I touched on that aspect with Koji and wondered if that was a driving force for him to take the role. It’s clear from talking to him that he wanted this role to be more than someone who looks great fighting on screen. He really cared about his character’s background and wanted to get into what was driving his motivations.
Haruka Abe plays Akiko, a member of the Arashikage, who has deep ties to Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow. Haruka may not be well known to the general public yet, but she is a force to be reckoned with in this movie and she stands her ground with her male co-stars. I spoke with Haruka about what it was like to be on an equal footing in the movie with the male leads, her fighting training, and how she developed her chemistry with Henry Golding and Andrew Koji in the movie as her character is linked to them. both significantly. Haruka Abe will truly be someone to look to in the future.
Lastly, Ursula Corbero plays the Baroness, an elite agent in Cobra, a terrorist organization, who is second in command after Cobra Commander. Úrsula Corbero makes the most of her screen time and honestly makes you want more of her, a subject on which I started my talk with her. She fully embodies the character and is clearly having a lot of fun, something she touches on during her chat with me. I also talked to her a bit about her fighting training and she revealed that she thought it would be easier than it was, but she quickly realized that it would be serious work. Ursula Corbero is known to most audiences for her portrayal of Tokyo on the television series Heist. The Money Heist (Money robbery). Corbero even mentioned why playing the Baroness was a bit more fun than taking advantage of Tokyo, though he admits that he still loves playing that character. Corbero clearly has a lot of energy and that brings him to his roles in a big way and I just hope to see more of what he brings to the Baroness in future installments.
Make sure to also check out our Snake Eyes interviews with Henry Golding and Samara Weaving!
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins is playing in a theater near you.