By ANDREA MAGRATH
London Eye is falling down! The British capital gets blown up in the new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation
They blew up Paris in the last film, and now the team behind G.I. Joe have set their sights on our shores.
In the newly-released trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the London Eye, House of Parliament and Westminster, Hungerford and Waterloo Bridges are all blown up in spectacular fashion.
Bruce Willis is to star as 'the original Joe' in the sequel, which also stars Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and returning star Channing Tatum.
But most of the original Joes are assassinated at the start of the film by the Cobras as their nemesis Zartan succeeds in stealing the American president's identity. With the Joes disbanded, the surviving members go underground and seek out the original Joe to help them take down Zartan.
Bruce Willis takes centre stage playing Joe Colton, teaming up with Johnson's Roadblock and newcomer Adrianne Palicki as Lady Jaye.
Action men: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson also stars as Roadblock
Director Jon M. Chu said it took some time to woo Willis. 'He was always our dream guy to play Joe Colton, the original Joe, [but] I didn’t necessarily know if he would ever do something like this,' Chu told The Hollywood Reporter.
'It’s such a very specific brand -- the character Joe Colton exists, but not really. But the question I keep getting from people like my mom is, “Well, who plays Joe?” And there is no Joe, but we had this character Joe Colton that we built into the movie that would help bring it back to the basics.
And there was no battle of the egos between action stars Willis and Johnson, the director says. 'To have them both next to each other is blowing my mind. They love each other, Bruce and Dwayne. I'm surprised they’ve never been in a movie together.'
Stolen identity: Zartan has succeeded in taking over the US President's identity and disbands the Joes
Despite most of the much-loved character from the 2009 film meeting their end at the start of the sequel, Chu says he has made this movie with new fans in mind.
Asked how he deals with explaining the new cast line-up, Chu reveals: 'We address a little bit, but also leave some of it up in the air.
'But in my mind, the movie was never about them; the movie is about our characters that you introduced from the beginning.
Newcomer: Adrianne Palicki joins the Joes as Lady Jaye
'We wanted people to come into this movie and, if you haven’t seen the first movie, be totally OK. So for me, I was like, "Let’s jump to a different part of the Joe world." 'It’s the same world, but at a different point.'
G.I. Joe: Retaliation premieres in the US on June 29 and in the UK on August 3.