Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Finds its Casey Jones in Stephen Amell

Before you stop reading, this report came in last night thanks to Variety, so no, it’s not an April Fools joke of any kind.  Stephen Amell, who’s made a name for himself by playing the titular hero in CW’s Arrow, will be joining the cast of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, as Casey Jones:  

Megan Fox is set to return as April O’Neil. Will Arnett is also returning. David Green is directing the pic. Plot details and information on other returning cast members are still unknown.

A loner who becomes an ally of the turtles and a love interest for O’Neil, Jones is a fan favorite of the series going back to when Elias Koteas played him in the 1990 New Line pic.

Amell tested with a half-dozen actors over the weekend, but it was his chemistry with Fox that led to the studio eventually giving the role to the star of CW’s “Arrow.”

To be entirely honest, this is pretty perfect casting.  Amell has the sklls needed to pull off a believable vigilante, while also having the acting chops to pull off such an eccentric character.  He feels right for this part, and I’m glad he’s got it.  The fact that Casey Jones is going to be in this film, shouldn’t be too surprising as the producers mentioned wanting to include him, back when they were doing PR for the first movie.  Word also has it that Bebop and Rocksteady will be making appearances too.  

As I mentioned, the movie it set to begin filming this month, in anticipation of it’s June 3, 2016 release date.  There’s no word on the plot of the new film just yet, but I’m crossing my fingers it’s more direct and capable than the last one.  While I enjoyed the interpretation of the Turtles in the last film, the story was a mess.  Here’s hoping they can polish it up this time!

What do you guys think about Amell being Casey Jones?