Stephen Amell’s gotten pretty good with a bow, but how is he with a hockey stick?
We’ll soon find out it seems, as official Hollywood source, Variety has broken the news that the Arrow star has been cast as sporting goods-wielding vigilante, Casey Jones in the upcoming sequel to last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot movie. Jones has been a staple of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lore since being introduced in a Raphael-centric miniseries within the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, where he’s served as both an ally to the Turtles, and a love interest for April O’Neil, played by Megan Fox in the new movies.
Amell is of course best known for portraying DC superhero, Green Arrow in The CW’s highly successful DC Comics-inspired drama series, Arrow, also voicing the character in recent DC video game release, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Amell is highly beloved by DC fans for his work on the show, to the point where he even hosted DC Entertainment’s panel at last year’s San-Diego Comic-Con! This should make him an anticipated fit for the role of Casey Jones amongst comic book fans especially. Amell has also made appearances in various other TV shows before hitting it big on Arrow, including New Girl, Hung, Heartland and Private Practice.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel meanwhile, rumoured to be titled ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell‘, will have Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner reprising their roles as April O’Neil, Vern Fenwick and Eric Sachs, respectively. Shredder will also return as a villain. Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandra Ambrosio will also be making her film debut as a new love interest for Vern. The sequel will apparently finally deliver live-action incarnations of Shredder’s beloved mutant goons, Bebop and Rocksteady, and is also rumoured to feature alien warlord, Krang.
Earth to Echo’s Dave Green will be replacing Jonathan Liebesman as director, with Michael Bay remaining as a producer for the sequel. The second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot movie is set to come to theatres on June 3rd, 2016.
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