Monday, 18 May 2015

First look at Stephen Amell as Casey Jones in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel arrives online

Michael Bay (Pain And Gain) continues to play a dual role as both executive producer and unofficial social media cheerleader for David Green's (Earth To Echo) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel, which recently and unexpectedly added Laura Linney (Hyde Park On Hudson) to its cast. He was back this weekend with a new look at the film, the first image of Stephen Amell (Arrow) as Casey Jones.

The man better known as playing DC Comics hero Arrow is playing a different type of vigilante in the new Turtles outing. The hockey mask wearing wise cracker has long been an ally of the central foursome and an occasional love interest for April O'Neil. The character didn't show up in the first film, but that might have been because it was overstuffed with plot and characters getting the origin story out of the way. Amell here certainly looks the part, minus perhaps Jones's trademark long hair.

Though the plot is still mostly unknown, the sequel will see the turtles – performance captured and voiced by Alan Ritchson, Noel Fisher, Pete Ploszek and Jeremy Howard – tackling threats new and old in New York City. Megan Fox and Will Arnett are back as April O'Neill and scuzzy cameraman Vernon Fenwick respectively, with Danny Woodburn once more providing the performance work for mutant rat mentor Splinter. Tyler Perry (Gone Girl) is playing Baxter Stockman, while Brian Tee (The Wolverine) was recently announced as the new Shredder.

Earth To Echo's (2014) David Green has taken over directorial duties this time, but writers Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec are back to provide the script for the movie, which is scheduled to arrive here on 3 June 2016.

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