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03.31.2015

Did the upcoming sequel to TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES suddenly get better? Possibly. According to Variety, Arrow star Stephen Amell has just signed on for the role of the ass kickin' wise crackin' Casey Jones. Half a dozen actors were tested over the weekend but by the end, Amell was the clear standout thanks in part to his chemistry with Megan Fox.

The character of Casey Jones first popped up in the comics as a violent vigilante who later teams up with the turtles and serves as a romantic interest to April O' Neil. He typically wears a hockey mask and uses all manner of sports equipment to inflict pain on the scum of the streets.

Stephen Amell will join Megan Fox and Will Arnett, who are so far the only returning cast members, in the sequel which finds EARTH TO ECHO director Dave Green replacing Jonathan Liebesman from the first film. Production is expected to get underway next month for a June 3, 2015 release.

"The class is Pain 101. Your instructor is Casey Jones."

Despite giving it every chance, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES did absolutely nothing for me. I know some people didn't think it was all that bad but to me it felt like every other hastily assembled CG-filled blockbuster out there and contained none of the magic that I associated with the turtles I grew up with. Could a sequel fix those mistakes? Casting Stephen Amell as Casey Jones is a good step towards that end.

Is Stephen Amell a good fit for Casey Jones?

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Source: Variety

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1:27AM on 04/02/2015
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10:49AM on 04/01/2015
I get why seeing someone you love playing a certain role makes people think it'll work if they play the same kind of person but as a different character but I can't help seeing Amell's leap the to the big screen playing Jones as bearing the same kind of fruits that came from Jon Snow going on to become Milo.
I get why seeing someone you love playing a certain role makes people think it'll work if they play the same kind of person but as a different character but I can't help seeing Amell's leap the to the big screen playing Jones as bearing the same kind of fruits that came from Jon Snow going on to become Milo.
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2:06AM on 04/01/2015

I gotta admit, this makes me more interested in this movie...

I love Arrow and I think Amell will do a great job as Casey Jones. On the other hand I thought the first movie was so mediocre that this seems like a step down for Stephen Amell after his great work on Arrow. I'm glad he's getting big screen opportunities but I just wish it was in a better film. Who knows though? Maybe with a new director the sequel will be an improvement? This casting is definitely a step in the right direction
I love Arrow and I think Amell will do a great job as Casey Jones. On the other hand I thought the first movie was so mediocre that this seems like a step down for Stephen Amell after his great work on Arrow. I'm glad he's getting big screen opportunities but I just wish it was in a better film. Who knows though? Maybe with a new director the sequel will be an improvement? This casting is definitely a step in the right direction
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10:57PM on 03/31/2015
First piece of good news to come from the sequel. Or from the series itself, really.
First piece of good news to come from the sequel. Or from the series itself, really.
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10:33PM on 03/31/2015
I sort of liked the big Turtles. The Rat was crap and so was Fox and Arnett. If they redesign the Rat and loose those two lousy actors like they lost the director, the next film might have a chance.
I sort of liked the big Turtles. The Rat was crap and so was Fox and Arnett. If they redesign the Rat and loose those two lousy actors like they lost the director, the next film might have a chance.
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9:50PM on 03/31/2015
Is this really coming out June 3, 2015? That seems unbelievably rushed if they're just now announcing casting news like this
Is this really coming out June 3, 2015? That seems unbelievably rushed if they're just now announcing casting news like this
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10:47PM on 03/31/2015
That's got to be a misprint. This article also says this goes into production next month there's no way they could have it completed that quickly.
That's got to be a misprint. This article also says this goes into production next month there's no way they could have it completed that quickly.
9:49PM on 03/31/2015
Cool I guess. I feel like he can/should get better roles though.
Cool I guess. I feel like he can/should get better roles though.
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9:31PM on 03/31/2015
I think that's a solid casting. He'd be great Casey Jones.
I think that's a solid casting. He'd be great Casey Jones.
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8:57PM on 03/31/2015
Ehhh why not
Ehhh why not
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8:51PM on 03/31/2015
They should have brought Elias Koteas back.
They should have brought Elias Koteas back.
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12:19AM on 04/01/2015
Maybe he'll be in the movie as his dad. lol
Maybe he'll be in the movie as his dad. lol
8:45PM on 03/31/2015
When it comes to CW actors, Jared Padalecki would have been a better choice.
When it comes to CW actors, Jared Padalecki would have been a better choice.
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8:41PM on 03/31/2015

Nice!!

Now all they need to do is replace Megan Fox and get the writers of The Winter Soldier for this movie and we have a good movie.
Now all they need to do is replace Megan Fox and get the writers of The Winter Soldier for this movie and we have a good movie.
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8:37PM on 03/31/2015
That is a very surprisingly good casting choise!
That is a very surprisingly good casting choise!
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8:32PM on 03/31/2015

Should be cool....

He definitely will add a lot to the physicality of the role that Elias Koteas couldn't. Not sure he can make Casey fun, but he will make him cool.
He definitely will add a lot to the physicality of the role that Elias Koteas couldn't. Not sure he can make Casey fun, but he will make him cool.
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7:59PM on 03/31/2015
I was certain this was an April Fool's Day joke but I don't think Variety would pull something like that. I love Arrow but Stephen Amell is just not a good actor. He has a bad case of "soap opera acting" face. Casey Jones isn't really that hard a role to pull off though and he does have the athleticism for it and hey, it could've been Shia LaBeouf *shudders* Also, all told, he's a better fit for Casey Jones than Megan Fox is for April.
I was certain this was an April Fool's Day joke but I don't think Variety would pull something like that. I love Arrow but Stephen Amell is just not a good actor. He has a bad case of "soap opera acting" face. Casey Jones isn't really that hard a role to pull off though and he does have the athleticism for it and hey, it could've been Shia LaBeouf *shudders* Also, all told, he's a better fit for Casey Jones than Megan Fox is for April.
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9:32PM on 03/31/2015
I'd take Stephen Amell over Shia LaBeouf any day.
I'd take Stephen Amell over Shia LaBeouf any day.
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