Whether you liked, or hated, last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there was no question that the inevitable sequel was going to happen. The Michael Bay-produced TMNT film actually performed well in the box office, so I’m pretty sure the studio saw this as an opportunity to build a franchise for a new generation of TMNT fans.
And since there’s a growing trend of taking every popular franchise and “transform” it into a shared universe, I won’t be surprised if these new TMNT franchise end up sharing the same universe with Optimus Prime or Ethan Hunt. That’d be so badass to see!
Let’s take a look at the as-of-now cast for TMNT 2!
Unfortunately, Megan Fox reprises her role as April O’Neil. I learned to accept it, I think we all should too. Will Arnett is also coming back for TMNT 2 as is William Fichtner. The actors who played the turtles (Alan Ritchson, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, and Noel Fisher) are also reprising their roles. Johnny Knoxville will be back to be the voice of Leonardo.
Here are the newcomers:
Arrow star Stephen Amell is set to play my personal favorite TMNT non-turtle character Casey Jones.
Brian Tee will be playing the new Shredder. I guess the filmmakers are cleaning up the mess they made after almost having William Fichtner play the Turtles’ arch nemesis in the first movie.
Brittany Ishibashi will be playing Shredder’s daughter Karai.
Tyler Perry will be playing scientist Baxter Stockman. It’d be really cool if they went full Cronenberg on the special effects for his transformation, but it’ll most likely be CG.
Gary Anthony Williams will be playing villain Bebop.
WWE Superstar Sheamus will be playing Rocksteady. I’m actually very excited they’re finally putting those two on the big screen.
Wait a minute! No Krang? Might as well put him in it, right?
What’s really cool is that Judith Hoag, the actress who played April in the original movie, was spotted on the set. Not sure who she’s playing though. I’m gonna go with a successful news reporter who is a competitor to April.
There are rumors that Phill Brooks aka CM Punk has a role in the movie, but no official word has been released yet. I would’ve gone with him for Casey Jones. I think Amell is too….ummm pretty, but I’m sure he’ll do a great job.
What do you guys think of this cast? Are you excited for the TMNT sequel? Did you like the first one? Who’s you favorite TMNT character?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will be out in theaters next year.
Written by: Phillip Acevedo