Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sequel Casts Its Casey Jones

By  · Published on April 1st, 2015

New Line Cinema

I haven’t seen the TV series Arrow and I didn’t like the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie one bit. So why am I excited about the news that Stephen Amell has joined the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2? Because the Arrow star is taking on the role of Casey Jones, according to Variety. That’s very cool for Amell, as every young actor is entitled to a second comic book character part these days. It’s very cool for me, because Jones is my favorite TMNT character, and I’m just going to pretend that the sequel won’t totally mess him up. But it’s especially cool for the fans in general, getting straight casting news like this.

Maybe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles isn’t a big enough property to have a mystery box. The producers of this franchise could easily keep secrets about which characters will appear in the sequels. And maybe they will with anything they could render with computers and performance capture, but it’s refreshing to hear news about a property with popular characters and mythology being announced so plainly. TMNT2 will feature Casey Jones. He will be played by Stephen Amell. He will have some close, probably romantic involvement with April O’Neill, as Variety addresses that Amell had to have great chemistry with Megan Fox. Now all you have to wonder and/or worry about is whether they keep his appearance to the traditional look with mask and hockey stick.

Hopefully this production will continue to cast and announce characters without concern for spoilery details or interest in keeping things under wraps. We’ll be just as, if not more, excited if we hear ahead of time that the movie also features such favorites as Krang and Usagi. Fortunately, we already know, via statements from producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, that Bebop and Rocksteady will finally be on screen.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will be directed by David Green (Earth to Echo) and hits theaters on June 3, 2016.

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.