Contains spoilers for “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins”
While “Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins” actor Haruka Abe’s castmates had the daunting task of taking on the roles of legendary G.I. Joe and Cobra characters like Snake Eyes, Scarlett, the Baroness, and Storm Shadow in the new action adventure movie, the prolific actor had perhaps bigger challenges to confront. On top of “Snake Eyes” being her first major role in a Hollywood film, Abe had to define her new character, Akiko, in such a way to blend in with the characters tone of the revered G.I. Joe franchise — a fixture on the pop culture landscape since 1982.
“It was definitely both terrifying and exciting in equal measure because, on one hand, being this complete newbie among such iconic beloved characters was very scary, but [I enjoyed] the freedom I had because I got to create this character from scratch,” Abe told Looper in an exclusive interview. “I got to really dive into the script and knead and mold and shape this character from scratch with the hair and makeup team, and the costume team. It was really exhilarating … it was a great experience.”
In “Snake Eyes,” Henry Golding stars in the title role, a mysterious loner seeking retribution following a traumatic event during his childhood. After sparing the life of Tommy Arashikage (Andrew Koji) despite a kill order by a vicious crime boss he’s working for, Snake Eyes flees with Tommy to the safe confines of his compound in Japan — the base of the centuries-old peacekeeping Arashikage clan of ninjas. Grateful for Snake Eyes saving his life, Tommy invites his new friend to train to join the clan and learn its closely-guarded secrets — a grand gesture that Akiko, the clan’s head of security, has deep concerns about.