Ray Park, known for his martial-arts/action roles such as Darth Maul, Toad and more, won’t be reprising his role as Snake Eyes in the upcoming G.I. Joe prequel spinoff due to his age in relation to the character’s.
Per /Film, producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura was asked about the upcoming movie and if Park would return, saying “Probably not, because we are going to the origin story. As you know in the comic book, you saw his face. And it is, I’ll say, the formation of a hero. So you’ve got to see somebody and it can’t be Ray’s age, unfortunately.”
Park, a 47-year-old British actor, is still regularly featured in films performing martial arts feats. In the two G.I. Joe movies, Park is masked and silent, though a younger actor played the 10-year-old version of Snake Eyes in the 2009 original. The prequel reportedly “centers on the character’s origins where he tries to become a member of the Arashikage Clan,” part of which was shown during the first film.