Only by Hollywood logic does it make sense that the first thespian cast in Paramount's big budget "G.I. Joe" movie would be a perky, blonde Brit.
According to Variety, Sienna Miller has snagged one of the female leads in the tentpole pic, set to begin production in mid-February.
Stephen Sommers ("The Mummy") is directing "G.I. Joe," already set for an Aug. 7, 2009 release date.
Back in the day, the Hasbro toy, comic and TV series franchise was frequently subtitled "Real American Hero," as it celebrated our men and women in uniform and their missions to root out evildoers, but the new take appears to be a more international affair. To heck with representing the American military, GIJOE is now an acronym for Global Integrated Joint Operating Entity, a co-ed international force entrusted with wiping out the evil forces of Cobra, an organization topped by a Scottish arms dealer.
Fans of the earlier, more patriotic incarnations of the franchise remember that Scottish arms dealer was Destro, whose second-in-command and lover was a vixen named Baroness.
While Variety stops short of saying that Miller will be Baroness, but the trade describes her role as "a raven-haired baroness and sexy femme fatale skilled in espionage." Draw your own conclusions.
Miller was actually born in New York City, but she was raised in the United Kingdom and is best know from films including "Layer Cake," "Alfie" and Stardust." She's finished upcoming work on "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," "The Edge of Love" and "Hippie Hippie Shake."